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Happy International Women’s Day

Women in the BID 2019 - Liverpool BID Company

As part of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating #WomenInTheBID!

Here in Liverpool, we are lucky to have a dynamic business community with women at the heart of it.

We recognise the importance of celebrating women across the BID who are making a difference and represent a model for others in Liverpool and beyond. That’s why we have asked our BID Team to nominate women who inspire them every day and deserve to be celebrated all year around!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Nominated by:
Michelle Bacon

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
A recruitment agency helped me get a job, my next job after that was in recruitment!

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
Financial Advisor, definitely!

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Believe in your own ability, trust your instincts and aim high!

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
Hmmm, I can spot easily if someone is not telling the truth!

Who is your female role model now and why?
I have no single role model, but I do admire and applaud any woman who has took strides forward with confidence, setting examples for others.

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Nominated by:
Alvaro Costela Sanchez

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I started out as a technician in Huyton and Kirkby Galleries back in 1998.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
I’d love to be on the Eden Project team, with everything they have achieved and are planning to achieve in the future.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Don’t worry about getting things wrong, they help you learn. And dont give up the piano lessons!

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
Snowboarding.

Who is your female role model now and why?
Greta Ernman Thunberg is a 15 year old Swedish political activist working to stop global warming and climate change. In August 2018, she started the first school strike for climate outside the Swedish parliament building. This is a female role model we should be encouraging everyone to be like, young and old. Action is needed now, not tomorrow or in five years. We all need to be more like Greta!

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Nominated by:
Alvaro Costela Sanchez

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I started teaching Spanish in different places, little by little, first in coffee shops or houses, then a few hours in several schools. One day I realised I needed to have a place where people could come to learn… this is how The Language House was born! Six years after we are still here, welcoming people from all over the world and growing.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
Anything related to art and design.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Enjoy as much as you can in your free time, but work as much as you can at school, don’t be conformist!

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
Drawing.

Who is your female role model now and why?
I’m lucky to be surrounded by inspirational women. My friends, family and of course my students who show me day after day that perseverance is the key to success. Many of them are my role model.

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Nominated by:
PC Dave Crawford

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I started my first job in retail at The Body Shop in a temporary role for Christmas. After Christmas, I was kept on and about 6 months later I was promoted to a team leader. From there I went into be assistant manager and now store manager.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
Possibly visual merchandising or interior design. I love creating something from nothing!

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
I would tell myself to not stress about the outcome of things. You learn from your mistakes which makes you stronger and smarter. I think there are things you learn in your twenties that are valuable for the rest of your life. So I would tell myself to not worry too much about things.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I am a trained massage therapist and skin specialist. Which is what I worked as before starting at The Body Shop.

Who is your female role model now and why?
Dame Anita Roddick. For Anita, business was nothing without purpose. Business had to have a positive impact for people and communities and this is what she fought for. She knew beauty could be a source of joy and to help build self esteem. Anita helped communities grow and empower women which had a massive impact all around the world.

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Nominated by:
Alvaro Costela Sanchez

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I took my father’s advice and said yes to every opportunity that was even remotely related to a career in the arts sector! I also made sure that I worked really hard to make myself as indispensable as possible!

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
I’d be a Smooth FM radio DJ or help to manage a Botanical Garden or National Park somewhere…

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Everything that happens in the world has been created or designed by someone somewhere. You can be that person. You don’t have to accept everything the way it is.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I’m not bad at graphic design and occasionally take humorous photo-shop requests from friends.

Who is your female role model now and why?
My mother is my role model. Despite having a truly hard upbringing and difficult life she has kept her empathy, kindness, sense of humour and her curiosity about the world. She’s shown me that even when things get hard, you can always take something good from it.

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Nominated by:
Roxanne Vella and PC Carol McCartney

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
Christmas Temp to fit around family commitments in 1995.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
I would be a teenage mentor.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Trust your instinct, follow your dreams and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I am a voluntary telephone responder for the business to support during major incidents affecting the company and I am on call 24/7.

Who is your female role model now and why?
I really admire Baroness Karen Brady. From the earliest point in her career she seems to have challenged the status quo and neither age or gender has prevented her from achieving her goals.

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Nominated by:
Jacob Cover

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I was mainly looking for any opportunities to work at Fazenda and the role of Business Development Manager (what we called at that time) was available. My husband pushed me to try it, though I was quite insecure about it and here I am 2 years later.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
Things that truly inspire me are people, culture, creativity and being able to make a difference. My job involves all of those, so I’m pretty happy and if I had to move forward I would still like that all of those were included, regardless of the industry.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
You can never go back and make a new start, but you can start today to build a new ending. Because life is 10% what happens and 90% what you make of it, because happiness is not a destination, but a path full of ups and downs; and the downs are actually the track to a new pick.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
Due to my previous job, I have got training on first aid and aircraft safety and security procedures.

Who is your female role model now and why?
I have so many that is difficult to pick one only. In 2017 one of my childhood friends, Lisiane Lemos, has been recognised by Forbes Magazine as an under30 for her extensive work in promoting inclusion and diversity in the corporate environment. She works for Microsoft and has already been a guest speaker on many important events, such as TEDx, Bloomberg, Women Startup Weekend among others. Being from a countryside city from the south of Brazil and being the only black woman to graduate in Law in her class, she has been continuously breaking barriers of race, gender and ethnicity in the corporate world and we are all very proud of her back home. She is definitely someone that inspire me!

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Nominated by:
Alvaro Costela Sanchez

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
By accident. I’d planned to be a documentary film maker but took a temp job in an advertising agency and loved it.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
I’d like to say making documentaries but really anything that caters for my endless curiosity and my short attention span.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Say what you’re thinking and don’t worry that it’s obvious. Remember that we’re all wired differently and what might feel obvious to you can be brilliantly insightful to someone else.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I can braid dreadlocks.

Who is your female role model now and why?
Dolly Parton. She knows who she is and makes no compromises. She’s a brilliantly talented songwriter, musician and businesswoman but incredibly humble. If you’re in the headline or the chorus line, Dolly will give you the same amount of time and respect. Legend.

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Nominated by:
Alvaro Costela Sanchez

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
Part time work in retail whilst I was at University led to a Marketing role in Littlewoods Head office. I joined Metquarter as Marketing and Communications Manager and was then promoted to Centre Manager in 2009.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
I have secretly wanted to be a midwife since having children, although I think I would probably have gone into teaching.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Don’t be too hard on yourself – the things that didn’t go as planned probably defined me more (hopefully for the better).

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I am very good at cleaning muddy running spikes for my teenage son.

Who is your female role model now and why?
My Mum and Nan were strong female role models for me growing up and certainly instilled that you can do anything if you try hard enough! On a global stage it has to be Michelle Obama – her ‘when they go low we go high’ speech is very relevant.

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Nominated by:
Michelle Bacon

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I had a short career break following a kidney donation to one of my children. When I decided to return to work an opportunity to join a team that gave myself and my family such great service was too good an opportunity to miss. Up until this point I had never considered a career in Optics, however I was quickly drawn to the Specsavers ways of working. Delivering a level of customer service that improves the quality of peoples lives through their vision and hearing is something that I am very passionate about. Coupled with a strong teamwork ethos and vision to invest in people, I cannot imagine working anywhere else now.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
Whilst I have often pondered with the idea of becoming a wedding events planner, I believe that I would have my own management development consultancy business.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
If you believe you can you will! Never be afraid to ask the difficult questions, just ensure your manner and timing is considered first.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in learning and development and I am an experienced facilitator.

Who is your female role model now and why?
My female role model has always been my mum. From an early age my mum has installed a strong work ethic in me. As a young teenager I had the opportunity to join her at work where she taught me basic admin/customer service skills. My mum has an infectious personality and a passion for people which made her popular with customers and colleagues alike. Watching her provide support and guidance helped me grasp what great customer service/management is. My mum worked full time until her retirement. She has always encouraged me to pursue my career ambitions lending an ear, advice or a helping hand to allow me to get the best work life balance I can.

My mum’s advice has always stayed with me and has helped shape me:
→ Always be honest with people.
→ If you say you are going to do something, do it.
→ Don’t ask someone to do something you are not prepared to do yourself.
→ Be the best you can be at work, however always make time for your family.

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Nominated by:
Andi Herring

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I am one of four business partners. Heritage is a family affair, my sister Antonia, her husband Alex (also our Head Chef) and my husband Adam. We had discussed ideas over the years and they finally come to fruition in February 2018 when Heritage was born and we opened our doors. (So I am novice in the industry).

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
As well as director of Heritage, I also have a full time job in Local Government. 2018 – 2019 has been a very busy and a big learning curve, but I wouldn’t change it! I have renovated a few houses over the years and most recently built our forever home, I love interior design and seeing a vision come to life, so I would say that possibly.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Do something you enjoy, have no fear, give things a go and don’t be afraid of failure as it’s how you learn.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I played football growing up and was privileged enough to represent England (Youth Team) at international level back in the day. (I can still do a fair keep ups ha!)

Who is your female role model now and why?
My mum – I call her a machine. She is beautiful inside and out and always supports everything we do.

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Nominated by:
Roxanne Vella

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I’ve loved theatre for as long as I can remember. My dream was to one day work in the theatre industry and I’ve been lucky enough to be doing just that for nearly 18 years now.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
I also work as a freelance photographer. So I think I would be a full time photographer, hopefully working on promoting the city of Liverpool to the world. I love this city, it beats inside of me, I want the world to know just how wonderful Liverpool is!

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Listen more in Maths! No, I think I would tell myself to do something that I love and not to judge myself by other peoples career choices, to do something that matters to me and to enjoy it.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I can hit a shuttlecock at 66 mph! I love to play badminton when I can and 66 mph is my record!

Who is your female role model now and why?
My Mum, Maureen Rawlinson. Very sadly my Mum died in 2015, even though she had been ill since I was 11 her death was very sudden. Even though my Mum had been ill for most of my life she never showed it. Her philosophy was to leave people feeling happier than when she first met them. I always try to do that, be the light, in someones day, as you never know what they are going through.

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Nominated by:
Bill Addy

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I’ve worked in business support in Liverpool for most of my career, with an absolute passion for supporting young startups. Up until 5 years ago I’d always worked in either the social enterprise or education sectors, but I was given an amazing opportunity to join Santander and continue to work with entrepreneurs in a completely unique role. I’m a big believer in grabbing opportunities; they feel like they’ve come from nowhere but then you realise that your career has been leading up to roles like this.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
I only know entrepreneurship! I’m not sure I’d stray too far from that, but I would like to be putting my skills to good use elsewhere. There are amazing entrepreneurship programmes around the world, and I’d like to work on initiatives that supported young people to develop their own ideas and generate their own income.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
You don’t need to know at 16 what you’ll do for the rest of your life. Be brave, be curious, be kind to yourself and to others, and always be your truest self.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I make a mean marmalade.

Who is your female role model now and why?
Professor Sue Black is an incredible woman, everyone should read her story. Incredible resilience, a driving force behind women in tech in the UK, and unafraid to stand up for the things she believes in. She’s also got a great Desert Island Discs soundtrack!

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Nominated by:
Alvaro Costela Sanchez

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I started 5 years ago as Receptionist part-time (not one word of English!)

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
Optician, I had been working as one for 7 years in Italy and really loved this job too.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
To never give up, work hard and always follow your dreams.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I speak 5 languages and I am a scuba diver instructor.

Who is your female role model now and why?
My mum, she worked very hard, she is my best friend, my mum, my role model.

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Nominated by:
Bill Addy

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
Became involved fighting school closures, that was the catalyst.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
Voluntary sector/care sector.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Not to be so vocal, or opinionated.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
Compassion and feisty.

Who is your female role model now and why?
My late mother. Strong, dignified, and determined lady.

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Nominated by:
Andi Herring

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
At University when I was completing my Masters Degree in Economics and focusing on international trade, I had a lot of opportunities to explore my career options and decide what would be the most suitable role for me. I always knew an office based job wasn’t for me as I like working in lively environments, where every day is different and I can be part of a team. Very quickly I discovered I had an eye for fashion and enjoyed working with clothing. Primark took a chance on me and has given me amazing opportunities to learn and to grow as a manager. I’ve grown to love retail more and more each day and this encourages me to succeed in my career.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
I was always fascinated by law as it is a very dynamic and diverse profession where every day is different. A career in law would give me the opportunity to help others and change lives. I believe a career in law would be very rewarding and it’s a profession I could succeed in due to my good communication, analytical and research skills.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Life is full of surprises and it’s important to see them as opportunities rather than obstacles. Aim high and always follow your dreams even when things don’t always go your way. Don’t give up when first attempts let you down and take control of your future. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t achieve what you are inspired to do. The world is a beautiful place and you need to experience what it has to offer.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I am a creative person and have a passion for interior design. Recently I bought my first home where I was able to use my interior design skills. On numerous occasions my family and friends have asked me to help them with their interiors and every time I get great feedback on my work. Professionally, one of my strongest skills is team building. It is important to me as a leader to build on people’s strengths and bring out the best in them.

Who is your female role model now and why?
Throughout my life I’ve had the opportunity and the honour to meet some amazing women, who have impacted me as a person and influenced my career, starting with my Mum who I have always looked up to and is my role model in life. My teachers, my professors at the University and more recently, my line managers and my Regional Controller Kari Rodgers at Primark have all had a positive impact on my life and career also. Over the years I have learnt that as a leader I can also positively influence my team and the people I work with. I would love to be the one who inspires young, ambitious women in their career and assure them that there is no reason why they can’t succeed.

For that reason one of my female role models is Breege O’Donoghue, who until recently was a Board Member and Group Director (Business Development & New Markets) in Primark, and played an important role in Primark’s international expansion. Breege is an ambassador for women in business. I had the pleasure of meeting her on numerous occasions and I was inspired by her drive, her determination to succeed and her exceptional leadership skills. She is a real example that you can achieve anything through hard work and determination.

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Nominated by:
Amaya Carney-Smith

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
The Area Manager of The British Heart Foundation who was also one of the parents at my son’s school saw my potential in a new trial that was starting. She thought my people skills and passion would be an asset to the new role.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
There are lots of things I would like to do from supporting people with mental health issues, special needs, to being a TV presenter on 60 minute makeover. Just love lifting peoples moods and making them feel valued.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Never let anyone dull your sparkle! Don’t change who you are or what you believe in to please other people. Everyone has skills and brings value to a team.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
Write poetry.

Who is your female role model now and why?
My mum!!! She listens to everybody’s problems yet never ever complains about her own. Despite having dealt with many illnesses and bereavements she always bares a smile.

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Nominated by:
Bill Addy

How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
I qualified as an Accountant and worked for various accountancy practices before moving to work as a finance director within businesses, finally progressing to be Chief Executive.

If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
Playing piano in an orchestra. I love music and it was a tough decision whether to take the place at the Royal Northern College of Music, or to study Accountancy.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Relax and enjoy the ride – it’s all going to work out fine.

What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I’m passable at Italian. I developed a love for Italy after working there for a few months when I was 19.

Who is your female role model now and why?
My sister – she has the wonderful skill of keeping work, family and friends in equilibrium. And is always smiling and being fabulous.

2019-03-25T11:23:02+01:00March 7th, 2019|BID Company News|