I began working life, aged 18, as a civil engineering technician in the Wastewater industry. I worked my way through Local Authority and Consultancy before finishing up on the client organisation itself (i.e. the water company). Through a career which spans almost four decades, I went from the drawing board as a designer detailer to project designer to project manager before combining all my problem solving and designer skills as a business analyst in the Water Company’s IT department.
Then in 2005, I took a leap of faith and started my own business as an event stylist. Bringing really special finishes to weddings, celebrations, corporate events and more. A big change some might say? Yet look at what is it. It’s really just design, a skill for finding a “fit for purpose” solution to a need or problem and project management to time and budget. The business went from strength to strength, building up a strong reputation and enviable client list with the ultimate accolade ~ winning MBW Business Woman of the Year in 2015. 13 incredible years later, after some life changing experiences, I am now in the process of closing my own business for good. I am 52 years old and ready for a new challenge.
I have been on the MBW committee since 2015 and last year I was their President. A year where we introduced a new rolling membership and saw the member numbers rise to an all-time high with a real diversity of professionals, business owners, charity board directors and staff; a real cross section of Moray’s working women. Members who are even more engaged than I can ever recall and an organisation with strong links to other professional groups. That achievement was also recognised as we brought home the Association of Scottish Businesswomen “Best Affiliated Group 2017”.
2018 celebrates 100 years of women getting to vote. So I am incredibly proud to be part of, and to have led as President, an organisation which support our Moray working women to grow. I remain on committee having taken on a new role of ASB Rep, an initiative driven by the ASB and its affiliate groups. Through direct representation on an ASB sub-committee, we hope to strengthen our whole “cross Scotland” business women network and so increase visibility of our own members.
As for my own business? I am not retired, my business is. I am simply taking a break to make space to decide what’s next for Marie. Let’s call it a gap year…
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