We have a number of women in leadership roles at the BBA including, Dawn Dobson our Head of HR, who highlights there should be no barrier to success, and explains how International Women’s Day plays an important role in keeping the progress of women under the spotlight.
“My first role on leaving education was in a building society,” Dawn recalls of her own career. “The manager, the assistant manager and the chief clerk were male, whilst the junior members of the team were all female. Expectations on women were low and we didn’t feel confident or supported in questioning this. Needless to say, I didn’t stick around long. I’ve been lucky to spend most of my career so far working for an employer who had a completely different culture; being a woman was never a barrier to success but that didn’t mean that they always got it right.
“A lot has changed in recent years,” Dawn adds. “Organisations are more aware of the obstacles that can prevent women from achieving their potential and actively take steps to remove these obstacles. Senior leaders now recognise the value of having diversity of thought in their Leadership team.
“Finally, standards of behaviours have improved, people are now more aware of how to act to create a more harmonious environment. Again, that’s not to say we always get it right but there is a strong will to make a difference, thanks to initiatives like International Women’s Day.”