IWD Interview with Ruth
I am a Business Development Manager at Aggreko. I have been a Sales Engineer for 13 years and moved into this new role in January. I was very excited to be asked to take part in this celebration.
Having just turned 40 years old I can look back at my journey and I truly think it is something to celebrate. Independent, strong successful women should be visible in any industry and if I can contribute through my thoughts and experiences then I would love to be part of that.
How would you describe your role at Aggreko?
I am a Business Development Manager at Aggreko. I am responsible for identifying new business opportunities and develop our customer base in certain sectors in the North of England. I target the Power industry which includes coal, gas and nuclear power stations. I also focus on large manufacturing sectors who we have identified as big power users, Glass, Paper and plastics. I promote all Aggreko’s products and services.
How would you define women empowerment?
I would define this as women having choices in life and ‘open’ doors to be able to realise their full potential and participate fully in any sector they wish to be part of.
What would you tell your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to relax. Take everything in and don’t be in such a rush. Hard work and determination will help you succeed. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
What do you consider female attributes?
I think we are more organised and considered in our tasks. I also think empathy comes more easily to us and this is a true strength.
Who is your biggest influence in life?
Definitely my parents. I am the youngest of three girls. My parents always instilled education and hard work will always pay off. At 17 we all had to have driving lessons no questions asked. This was to give us independence and to be self sufficient women. My sisters have gone on to be leaders in their own professions and we all have great work ethics and have always believed we are in control of our own destinies. My dad was a miner in the coal industry and he never wanted such a hard job for his girls. So my parents pushed us to gain qualifications and experiences which gave us more choices in life than they ever had.
Why do you think it’s important to have International Women’s Day?
I think it helps girls and young women understand that they can achieve and realise their ambitions. It empowers women and shows that we have our own values and great contributions to give.
What message would you like to leave for men and women on International Women’s Day?
That we should live in a fully inclusive society. Gender diversity can help businesses perform better and bring so much more to any situation.
What are you looking most forward to about the event?
Celebrating strong women and hearing their stories. Showing my two daughters who are 9 and 5 that you can achieve anything.