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Inspiring Stories

Every day at The Glass Lift we meet and hear stories of successful women; role models who inspire us and affirm our belief that there is a place for more women like them, to be engaged in leading at all levels within organisations

“Go for it!” says Sally Jones Evans |

ELEVATE Member – A Portrait of Tanya Corsie |

Margaret Davies talks- Part II |

Margaret Davies talks- Part I |

ELEVATE Member – A Portrait of Lou Costin |

ELEVATE Member – A portrait of Amy Webb |

ELEVATE Member – A portrait of Linda Heaney |

Wise words from Clare Balding |

“Go for it!” says Sally Jones Evans

Sally Jones Evans, newly appointed NED at The Principality Building Society and former COO at Lloyd’s, recently came along to speak to Glass Lift members at an evening event. We were all inspired by her professional approach and enthusiasm about her successful career. Forgoing the expected University route she started in banking at the age of 18 and soon established herself as a one to watch as she enjoyed taking on all the many challenges handed to her. One of Sally’s stories was about a time when she was really keen to take on a new role and the job was  given to a colleague. Only when the successful candidate was announced did Sally realise she had not told anyone it was her dream job! She learned that it’s important to be open about your career aspirations and in fact soon after she secured the role she wanted most. She advised our Glass Lift…

ELEVATE Member – A Portrait of Tanya Corsie

Tanya Corsie is Chief Operating Officer at the software company Iken Business Ltd. She has been with the Bristol based business for over 12 years. Tanya’s project and change management background, alongside an enthusiasm to learn and after subsequent experience, enabled her to take on leadership responsibilities following the sudden death of the CEO. Having gained what I viewed as an accidental Directorship, I worked hard to try to model myself on what I thought a leader should be – but many of the leadership networking and training opportunities I took didn’t seem to get to the heart of the problem. There were usually lots of egos in the room and no space for vulnerability or saying that you didn’t know the answer.’ Tanya joined Iken in 2004 as PA to the Directors and Office Manager. She was quickly promoted and enjoying working on complex client facing projects until 2013 when…

Margaret Davies talks- Part II

In part II of the TrainingZone & Sift Talent “an interview with” series Matt Evans talks to Margaret Davies, he asks what key metrics should be incorporated into a female leadership programme and how organisations can best evaluate the outcomes. How can organisations define and quantify the business benefits to achieving a more balanced leadership team and board? There is research which is starting to illustrate that organisations with balanced leadership teams perform better. The reasons they perform better vary between organisations, but one reason is if you have a diverse team you are more likely to innovate.  If you have a lot of similarity in a team then those people may tend to think in similar ways. If you bring someone different into that team they will start to bring different dimensions and perspectives. That’s true for diversity in all its forms. Getting a mix of different people in a room…

Margaret Davies talks- Part I

Recently the tables were turned on Glass Lift founder & Director Margaret Davies when she took part in “an interview with” series for Sift Talent and was interviewed by Research Manager Matt Evans. The interview is published in two parts, in part one Margaret defines a successful leader and describes her role in designing and delivering The Glass Lift leadership development programme for women. Can you tell us about you and your role at The Glass Lift?  I’m an Occupational Psychologist, which means I apply psychology to the work environment. My expertise is around behaviour at work. It’s a second career for me. My first career was in marketing, most recently for Microsoft in the UK. My expertise is mainly in the area of leadership at work. I am one of the two founders and a director at The Glass Lift. It was through my leadership development work with various organisations that I…

ELEVATE Member – A Portrait of Lou Costin

Lou Costin is Chief Inspector with Devon and Cornwall Police. She has been a serving officer for 23 years and has enjoyed making her way through the ranks while also being a mum to two children.  Sergeant Lou Costin had been tasked with delivering a difficult message to her staff. She was feeling anxious. In bringing unwelcome news to her team that their duties were changing, she had tried to soften the blow – and ended up confusing everyone. This was her first realisation of how difficult leadership can be. A few years later as an Inspector, her Superintendent put her name forward for The Glass Lift ELEVATE programme. Lou felt flattered, pleased and interested to attend. At the time, she didn’t really understand why he’d suggested it. She’d never imagined that she could progress beyond the rank of Inspector – this had always been her highest ambition. She also had a young family – and strongly believed that any promotion would…

ELEVATE Member – A portrait of Amy Webb

Amy Webb is Head of Finance at Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service. She qualified as an accountant through self-study working in both private and public sector roles before joining the Fire Service in 2013.   Barely two years after Amy joined the Fire Service the team was hit with an unexpected crisis. The Head of Finance – Amy’s boss – was taken ill and needed to step down. This is a significant role. Managing a team of seven and the £75 million budget for the service, it needs someone with considerable leadership skills. Few people expected Amy to step up to this role at this stage, but she did. Acting up temporarily to begin with and a few months later permanently appointed into post. Immediately, her inner imposter started making itself heard. Was she up to it? So it felt like fortunate timing when she was offered a place…


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