I am an only child, encouraged and supported to be independent and to challenge. I attended an all-girls school and achieved 11 GCSE, and Politics and Sports Studies A-Level, after leaving school I went straight into employment, beginning my career as an Accounts Assistant working my way up to Assistant Accountant. In 2006 (aged 25) I secured an Asset Manager role within Interserve, where I have worked for over 10 years. I decided to further my formal education to support my career development and I am currently working towards a BSc in Estate Management, having taken a short break when I had my children. Working towards this qualification, alongside my volunteering and Ambassador roles has enabled me to build a large network of contacts within my own organisation and also externally (across multiple sectors). This enables me to think ‘outside of the box’ and to support other female colleagues to strive for success.
A self-starting individual, I’ve always pushed the boundaries, I’m a mum, step-mum, partner, career woman, Charity Ambassador, Trustee and volunteer PR manager who is passionate about equality. I am also an active member of my local churches PCC (parochial church council). I enjoy working with others to make big things happen from organising large corporate community days for local charities (600+ volunteer days) to Charity Balls. I always encourage others to strive to make a difference.
Throughout my career I’ve looked for (and found) innovative new ways of working, I pride myself on my ability to streamline processes and systems to improve business operations e.g. redesigning folder structures to maximise productivity, reducing unnecessary work when searching for information on a system that was fragmented and unintuitive, and implementing collaborative working platforms.
I was recently promoted to Information Security Manager within Interserve and have relished this new challenge.