Amaya Carney-Smith – Liverpool BID Company
How did you get into the industry that you are in now?
Right place at the right time initially, I photocopied my C.V. in a solicitors practice and was offered a job there (27 years ago!) The following year I joined Morecrofts Solicitors. After a couple of years of really hard work in supporting roles, I followed my passion into HR and Business Operations. I was promoted to Practice Manager and worked in this role for 17 years. During this time, I gained HR and Management qualifications, managed two major office relocations, and built a strong professional business network. In 2014, I achieved my lifetime goal and became an Equity Partner at the firm. I am very passionate about nurturing staff, supporting people in their career goals, building contacts and developing Morecrofts as a business.
My work for Liverpool BID Company started in 2011, when I met the amazing Paul Rice. He was so passionate about the BID at a presentation I attended, so I volunteered to join the Commercial District BID Board. The last nine years have been a whirlwind of progress for the Commercial District BID. Now as Chair of the Commercial District BID, I’ve loved working with the fantastic team and wonderful Board Members. There are too many to name over the years, who have helped to shape the wonderful Commercial District we have today.
If you weren’t in the career you are in now, what else would you be doing?
Crime scene investigation, I am a stickler for detail, compliance, and I love to get results.
To celebrate #LiverpoolReads, what book inspires you and why?
The Secret. It is all about the law of attraction. Positive thinking can change a person’s life.
What is a skill that you have that not many people know about?
I love art, textiles and engineering. I am the girl geek who loves tools. Give me B&Q over clothes shops any day. From a very young age, I learnt the skills of joinery from my dad.
What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Always follow your passions, love life and live every day to be the best that you can. Help others along the way. Time is precious, spend time with your family and friends and aim for a good work/life balance.
Who is your female role model now and why?
Dame Esther Rantzen, her contribution to Children’s Charities, and in particular as the founder of Childline.