Trying new foods, visiting new places, hillwalking, cups of tea and spending time with friends and family.
Slow walkers and moths.
Why Women Connect?
Having assisted my Brodies colleagues on the Committee with a couple of events on an ad-hoc basis and seeing first hand the kind of opportunities being part of Women Connect brings, I jumped at the chance to get involved on a more permanent basis by becoming a Committee Member. I think Women Connect not only offers an excellent forum for meeting other successful women who may become clients or business contacts but it also provides a platform to celebrate and promote inspirational women in the North East of Scotland.
Born and bred in Aberdeen, I did my Law degree at Aberdeen University and my Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at RGU. Between studies I spent some time working in the High Court in Aberdeen and at an oil and gas service provider. I started as a trainee solicitor at Brodies in 2014 and I am now a qualified solicitor working in the dispute resolution and litigation team. I'm straight to the point and know what I like!
Vice-President / Events Co-Ordinator
Real Estate Solicitor
Wildlife & travel programmes (adding to the ever-growing bucket list), hill walking, afternoon tea
Driving, scary films, the phrase “no pain, no gain”, team sports (I can’t handle the pressure!)
Why Women Connect?
I joined the Committee in September 2013 to help run the events programme. Networking is such a huge part of career development so it’s so beneficial to have a friendly and relaxed group in which to get to know women from a whole range of businesses and sectors. It’s particularly useful for gaining better insight into what’s happening in the Aberdeen market and, on a personal level, being from Edinburgh it’s lovely to hear success stories from some of Aberdeen’s most inspiring businesswomen and experience some of Aberdeen’s finest & quirkiest venues.
I traded Edinburgh for Aberdeen after studying law at Aberdeen University. I did my traineeship with Brodies LLP and am now a Senior Solicitor in the Real Estate team, working mainly on large scale development projects. Outwith work, I am very easily persuaded to sign up for things like charity events – runs, walks, bikes & hikes, sleepouts – but then fail to prepare properly resulting in lots of pain on the day.
Committee Secretary (master creator of agendas and record keeper of whats what at meetings)
Property Facilitator - Bespoke 'Personal Shopper' of residential and commercial property in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Hanberry House Portfolio Ltd
Sunshine; people who make me laugh and smile; the countryside; visiting new places and exploring foreign countries; baby animals (and humans), although anything cute and fluffy usually will do it; historical dramas (Sunday night telly stuff); taking photos; long lies; an ice cream from Auntie Bettys (if you’ve been to Stonehaven you’ll know what I mean, if you haven’t you really need to go!); dabbling in arty crafty things; good music to drive or sing along to – or both; films, but mainly just ones with funny bits and a happy ending; afternoon tea with friends and a ‘fine piece’…oh and meringues and chocolate – I like chocolate a lot!
Getting feet wet in the rain; arrogance; pettiness; narrow mindedness; rudeness; horror films; a sink full of dirty dishes; “The Jeremy Kyle Show” (or anything similar) and Tapioca pudding
Why Women Connect?
In today’s world as much as it ever was in the past- whether working in a large corporate, the public or third sector, having your own business with several employees or just yourself, and whether you deal in business to business or business to consumer. It’s all about People to People in the end. That’s why networking through an organisation like Women Connect is such a valuable asset to not only my ‘marketing mix’ but also my professional development. We have a great range and variety of speakers and topics – there is always something different and something to learn or ‘take away’ from a Women Connect event. With the rotation of times from morning, lunchtime and early evening there is flexibility to build it easily into a busy life. There is the opportunity to let others know about what you do through our member’s spotlights. Because I work in my own company I like getting out and meeting folk from other sectors and walks of life. I’ve always found Women Connect events to be really friendly and be a room full of interesting, positive and inspirational local businesswomen keen to talk, listen, support and empower one another. At ‘Committee HQ’ we are constantly looking at ways of improving membership experiences and benefits, so if there is anything you would like to see, have a suggestion for an event or venue , or anything else, please contact me at email@example.com and I will ensure it goes on the agenda!
Managed to pack quite a variety in really. Started off back in the day as an infant and primary school teacher, then after a decade of adorable little people, glue, glitter, story times and blackboards (yes we used them back then) and Funtime Friday afternoons I moved on to teaching big people to teach little people. After my son as born I worked for a national children’s charity developing facilities and staff skills and qualifications linked to the SQA. When child number two (my daughter) came along I became responsible for managing the family farm shop and marketing and developing the family fruit farm business and outdoor catering arm. All very hands on too, from picking strawberries, making jam , hosting children’s workshops, making chocolates, and serving up strawberries and cream at all sorts of events across the country, to managing staff and negotiating with venues.
2 years ago I set up my own business which helps people find the right property for them when they are moving to Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire, as well as helping them settle in. I also do a bit of development.
I was a Young Farmer (those were the days) where I was the first North Scotland Chairman who was a female and had the privilege of travelling to the US and to Norway to experience agricultural life there. More recently through my children I seem to end up on a few committees too. Another privilege was to have been a civilian chair in Air Cadets, which I retired from last year.
Despite living in Aberdeen, I’ve never been attacked by a seagull, although one did nick my packed lunch once. Appeared on a children’s TV programme – doing a spot of cookery- along with a much younger Chris Tarrant, Lenny Henry and David Essex – who sang his latest single “Silver Dream Machine” – So that dates me! Once cooked lunch in front of Princess Margaret (really). Have owned a couple of hotels in Mayfair- on a Monopoly board, that is.
Spotless Commercial Cleaning
Keeping fit, walking, jogging, I have signed up for the Balmoral 5k and hope to raise some money for Befriend a Child.
People with bad manners; good manners cost nothing, and I always strive to treat people in the same manner that I wish to be treated myself.
Why Women Connect?
Women Connect is a great group where I can meet other local businesswomen in a friendly, supportive environment.
I have worked for Spotless for nearly 6 years. I actually fell into this job by accident and totally love it. I had always been in retail as a manager but didn’t want to go back after having my son, who is now 7 and a half. My sister in law found me a cleaning job to tide me over until I decided what to do. Within 10 weeks I had met Linda, a group manager from Edinburgh, and had become a Service Manager. Within an hour of training, I knew I was going to love Spotless. I went from Service Manager to Group Manager and for the last 2 and a half years I have been the company head from Aberdeen, a job I love doing.