Creating a fairer Britain
I did not think there would be any issues with my gender in terms of reaching my goal. There are challenges, which largely revolve around lack of confidence and dealing with aggressive men who dominate board rooms.
I have not really come across areas where my gender has been an issue.
I think it is important and valuable to have a mentor or someone who can give you guidance, and it would have helped me, but I did not have one. I have a coach, which has been great.
Yes – it has given me the drive to do it and the belief that being female should not stop you from doing anything you want to do.
There are many, but the main benefits are: ability to negotiate, great listening skills, lack of ego and emotional intelligence.
I am not sure how much of it is due to women leaving to have children or lack of women coming through the system – I think the children factor is a very big part.
Flexible working is crucial as is a tax system that makes it easy to have child care that encourages return to work and makes it affordable.
Believe that you can do it! In my view, this is all that is required.