It’s International Women’s Day, so we want to celebrate the fantastic women of Inverroy Crisis Management!
International Women’s Day is observed annually on March 8 and this year, the theme is DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.
Working in business resilience and crisis management, our team comes face-to-face with challenges and difficult situations every single day. It’s what we do, and it’s why we love what we do – helping organisations and individuals feel prepared for anything and everything. However, we also recognise that to do our job, we have to be resilient and innovative. We have a fantastic team who are just that and more.
As it is International Women’s Day, we thought it fitting that we recognise that and celebrate the women of Inverroy. Don’t just take our word for it though – take our team’s! We asked them to shout out colleagues who inspire them.
Here’s what they said:
Rona Weatherall Young, Commercial Manager
“I want to give a big shoutout to Steph, our Operations Manager. Steph stepped up into the role in September last year and has made positive differences in the way we operate as a team. She wears many hats covering HR, finance as well as general operations for Inverroy. Her efficiency to streamline boring paperwork that needs to be done has been incredibly helpful. She is a fantastic person to work with. Welcoming, caring and knows how to get a job done! Thank you Steph.”
Matthew Wardner, Managing Director
“While all our female colleagues are brilliant to work alongside, I want to recognise Kirsty’s achievements over the last 30 months. She joined us directly from University and within a year was certified by the Business Continuity Institute and had achieved a Level 5 qualification in Crisis Management. In addition, she grew our social media presence, led us to achieve the Cyber Essentials standard for the last two years, and has been the driving force behind the development of Inverroy Digital which has harnessed the knowledge of the whole Inverroy team into one platform. To cap it all, she is the Secretary of the Scottish Continuity Group and brilliantly organised the delivery of a Business Resilience conference for 200 delegates plus Exhibitors on 1 February 2023, despite her never previously having attended a conference!”
Geraldine Howie, Digital Content Manager
“I can’t pick just one! I’ll start with Dr Aarti Anhal – founder of before nine – who worked in Operational and Crisis Management teams but realised that having a good understanding of staff and how they work together, by combining psychological wellbeing, resilience, and agility with organisational performance. I was lucky enough to meet her at the Scottish Continuity Group’s Resilient Scotland Conference on 1 February in Edinburgh this year. Then of course, there’s our Head of Crisis Continuity Management, Hannah Hawkins – demonstrating her own personal resilience, juggling a few projects all at the same time, while still putting 100% of effort into a client project we are working on. Hannah also knows when to delegate and allow others to take on reigns. She is an absolute joy to work with.”
Kirsty Bremner, Head of Inverroy Digital
“I’d like to give a shout out to Stephanie. Not only is she the most organised person, but she was also promoted to Operations Manager within less than a year of joining and is absolutely killing the role! An inspiration to all and keeps us all in check!”
David Payne, Senior Consultant
“It is a pleasure to work with everyone on the Inverroy team but on International Women’s Day I’d like to give a shout out to the women in particular. Geraldine, Hannah, Kirsty, Lauren, Steph and Rona are all exceptional and bring a huge skill set that makes us significantly stronger. Lauren and Kirsty, as the youngest members of the team, may not have years of previous experience behind them but you’d never know when looking at what they deliver with such a ‘can-do’ attitude. Geraldine, Hannah, Steph and Rona bring a broad range of experience in the numerous roles they fill and use that to great effect to make the Inverroy team far greater than the sum of its parts. When I first joined Inverroy, it was male-dominated but that has changed, and rightly so. Thank you everyone!”
Stephanie Ferrier, Operations Manager
“I’d like to shout out Hannah! She has recently taken over as head of the C&CM team and is smashing it. I admire her leadership skills and determination and feel that she sets a great example to the other women in the team! She’s also a mum of two, like me, and makes juggling work/home life look a breeze! Something I’ve yet to master, I think.”
Mhairi Kim Wardner, Director
“My shout out is to all of the amazing women in Inverroy who inspire me by their thirst for knowledge, their passion and enthusiasm for Inverroy, their delivery of excellence to our clients and who make Inverroy feel like a family not a workplace.”
Lauren Wallis, Assistant Operations Manager
“My shout out is for Hannah for stepping up into head of C&CM. She’s a strong leader, always brings a positive influence to the team and is a great role model for the less experienced members!”
Hannah Hawkins, Senior Consultant
I am very fortunate to be surrounded by many inspirational people in my life, many of whom are women. Having worked across a range of industries over the past 20 years, I have been privileged to be able to take inspiration from some amazing role models, including the incredible women whom I went through Sandhurst with and served with the military. I owe a great deal to this ‘band of sisters’. They had my back, and continue to do so, for which I will ever be grateful and in their debt.
When working in education, I was surrounded by those who typified selfless commitment. Such caring people who put children at the heart of everything they did. I don’t know how they did it and how they continued to remain so positive, professional, and upbeat in the process, and against so many challenges. With huge hearts and humble minds, they are some of the hardest-working and most brilliant people I have known.
Now, and every day I continue to be grateful and in awe of those around me. Whether it be the 70-year-old woman who laps me during a park run, then claps me in when I finish, to the lady who stands in, last minute to row 2km in an open sea competition, unphased and awesome (also nearly 70!). To my mum, who lost her mum recently, I don’t know how she held it together during this difficult time, I was in complete pieces.
Finally, to my work colleagues – what a great gang. You know what you do, and it’s great. Thank you!
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