Why and how do you support WIFA?

My role in WiFA today is mostly to ensure that any knowledge and lessons learnt are properly communicated and passed on. There is no point re-inventing the wheel, although I believe there should be a constant push to question why things are done in a certain way. If you look at some of the most interesting and successful initiatives of recent times, they have benefited from personal experience combined with a willingness to throw out the rule book. The two are not mutually exclusive!

What were you most proud of during your tenure at WiFA? 

I consider my tenure to be a continuing one! The huge leaps that WiFA continues to make every year never fail to impress me. The organisation, discipline and enthusiasm that permeate WiFA have enabled it to go from strength to strength. I think this is an overused word but it does sum it up: “culture”.

Tell us one thing that is important for #CreatingTheWorkforceOfTheFuture

Only one? Hm… Don’t expect things to come to you without putting in the work required.

What advice would you give to women who want to advance their career?

I have benefited greatly from mentors throughout my career. I recognise this is different for everyone, but generally speaking, a good playbook would be: optimise your strengths, recognise your weaknesses objectively, decide on a career goal, work to fix or minimise your weaknesses and surround yourself with people who are supportive of this. Easy? No…. which is where WiFA can help!