Celebrating International Women’s Day

The Ridgeview Women

CELEBRATING WOMEN AT RIDGEVIEW


This International Women’s Day we’re shining a light on some of the wonderful women we have the privilege of working with at Ridgeview.

When we celebrate, elevate and amplify women’s voices, we’re one step closer to a diverse, equal and inclusive world.

Mardi and Tamara Roberts
Mardi Roberts, Director of Communications and Tamara Roberts, CEO

Discover their top tips and advice for women in the workplace, female figures that inspire their lives and the kind of women they aspire to be.

INTRODUCING…

NISHA MANSFIELD


– Finance Manager –

AS WOMAN, I ASPIRE TO BE… Confident, nurturing and fun!

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A WOMAN WHO INSPIRES ME IS…

My Mum. She came to the UK in the 1970s from India, after marrying my Dad, with just a suitcase to her name. She built her career as an accountant and became a successful businesswoman in partnership with my Dad. Alongside this, my Mum was a fantastic mother. She worked very hard but was so caring and always had time for our family, never grumbling about about long hours and days.

She is proof that belief in what you can achieve and hard work does pay off, and I will always be grateful for the sacrifices she made for us.

A PIECE OF I WOULD GIVE TO A WOMAN THINKING OF A SIMILAR CAREER IS…

Go for it! There’s lots of studying in the early days but that pays off longer term, and the opportunities available in finance for women are huge.

IF I COULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF ONE THING, IT WOULD BE…

Believe in yourself. I was so shy as a child and had no confidence, but through my life experiences, and learning from mistakes, I have ‘grown’ into myself and know what I can achieve if I put my mind to it.

“I am proud to be a woman at Ridgeview. We have such an accepting, encouraging, nurturing workplace full of lots of amazing women (led by an inspirational female CEO) and I feel privileged to be part of that.”

BECCA MACKIE


– Vineyard Assistant –

AS A WOMAN, I APSIRE TO BE… Self-confident, authentic and determined.

Becca Mackie, Vineyard Assistant

A PIECE OF ADVICE I WOULD GIVE TO A WOMAN THINKING OF A SIMILAR CAREER IS…

Be prepared to get stuck in and get your hands dirty!

A WOMAN WHO INSPIRES ME IS…

My Nan, she was awesome!

IF I COULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF ONE THING, IT WOULD BE…

Travel, travel, travel!

AS A WOMAN AT RIDGEVIEW…

It feels good to be supported to break into the traditionally male dominated industry of production/agriculture.

LIZ MORGAN


– Technical Winemaker –

Liz Morgan

AS WOMAN, I ASPIRE TO BE… 

A top mum and a good winemaker. The first one keeps me pretty busy for now!

I’M INSIPRED BY…

All the women scientists, past and present, who have contributed so much to every field of science.

A PIECE OF ADVICE I WOULD GIVE TO A WOMAN THINKING ABOUT A SIMILAR CAREER IS…

Follow what interests you the most; there are so many different careers in science to choose from.

IF I COULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF ONE THING, IT WOULD BE… 

Don’t be afraid to change direction if you need to, even if it feels like a leap into the unknown!

KATHARINE ARCHER


– People and Development Partner –

Katharine Archer, People and Development Director

A WOMAN WHO INSPIRES ME IS…

Malala Yousafzai for speaking out in support of women’s education and wanting women to have equity in opportunities despite the danger to her life.

A PIECE OF ADVICE I WOULD GIVE TO A WOMAN THINKING OF A SIMILAR CAREER IS…

Choose something that inspires or excites you and this will give you the passion to excel.

IF I COULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF ONE THING, IT WOULD BE…

Consider a career in the English wine industry, it is a very vibrant and exciting industry to be in.

AS A WOMAN, I WANT TO… 

Inspire other women to not listen to the negative comments, believe in yourself and believe that you can achieve your goals. Plus…live life!

Katharine Archer, People and Development Director

“I feel very empowered as a woman at Ridgeview; everyone is respected and treated equally irrespective of gender.”

ESTHER DAWSON


– Executive Assistant –

Ridgeview

A WOMAN WHO INSPIRES ME IS…

Baroness Doreen Lawrence, the mother of Stephen Lawrence, is a woman that I hugely respect.

The situation of her coming into the public eye was just devastating and despite the personal grief, she has campaigned for police reform with regards to racial injustice and setup a charity in Stephen’s name, to offer bursaries to students, interested in architecture, who may not be able to afford to study.

She has channelled all her efforts into helping improve things for others.

A PIECE OF ADVICE I WOULD GIVE TO A WOMAN THINKING OF A SIMILAR CAREER IS…

That being an assistant is so much more than making diary appointments or booking flights. It’s a hugely respected professional career that can offer worldwide opportunities in so many industries. Assistants now often move into Project Management roles, Business Partners, Chief Operating Officers and Chief of Staff positions.

IF I COULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF ONE THING, IT WOULD BE…

Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.

Esther Dawson, EA to the CEO

AS A WOMAN…

I strive to be practical and tackle things myself first (like the brick wall I built and the carpets I’ve laid.). I try to not let my emotions take over my feelings and to have bravery and trust in myself to make big decisions, independently.

“I’ve never felt that there is a glass ceiling for any woman at Ridgeview. Every person, no matter their gender, is given an opportunity to develop, progress and learn skills outside of their role, should they wish to carry on their lifetime of learning.”

HANNAH QUAYLE


– Production Assistant –

Ridgeview

AS WOMAN, I ASPIRE TO BE… 

Valued, indispensable and respected.

A PIECE OF ADVICE I WOULD GIVE TO A WOMAN THINKING ABOUT A SIMILAR CAREER IS…

I may not be not as big or tall as some of the men doing the same job, but I have flexibility and strength, and get things done successfully in my own way.

A WOMAN WHO INSIPRES ME IS…

Nigella Lawson. She’s a successful woman, a beautiful writer and is so popular and adaptable to change, but always keeps her values.

IF I COULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF ONE THING, IT WOULD BE…

Do a variety of subjects at school and have confidence in your ability.

“I am really proud to be a part of the production team at Ridgeview and am excited to see more and more women getting senior roles in this area of the UK Wine Industry.”

Hannah Quayle, Production Assistant

ELENA KNIGHT


– Digital Marketing Manager –

Elena Knight, Digital Marketing Manager

IF I COULD TELL MY YOUNGER SELF ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I moved to England from Germany when I was 21 and started my career in marketing, working for engineering and high-tech companies. These industries were heavily biased towards male leadership, and I feel I was held back by that fact. In hindsight, I should probably have had the courage to move away from these very traditional industries and move into a more gender equal industry a lot sooner.

A PIECE OF ADVICE I WOULD GIVE TO A WOMAN THINKING OF A SIMILAR CAREER IS…

Set your sights on a career goal and stick to it. Don’t be shy of joining a company in a role that isn’t perfect, if you work hard and prove yourself, then who knows where it might lead. I have always wanted to market something I am passionate about and it has taken me over a decade to get into an industry that I love. The journey here may not have always been in a straight line, but I got here in the end.

A WOMAN WHO INSPIRES ME IS…

Disney’s Moana, a bold and courageous teenager who sets out on a mission to save her people, facing seemingly impossible odds along the way and discovering her own identity at the same time. She’s a great female role model for future generations of impressionable young girls, letting them know that they should strive to do whatever they set their mind to.

AS A WOMAN I STRIVE TO BE…

Courageous, a good role model to my children and kind.

Elena Knight, Digital Marketing Manager

“It feels great working for Ridgeview where the importance of gender diversity is palpable. Change needs to come from the top down and having a female CEO at the helm, just says it all. I’m looking forward to a future for my daughter, where equal representation is not a topic anymore, it is just the norm.”

FROM THE RIDGEVIEW FAMILY


From the very start of Ridgeview, my parents led the way, helping to empower women in the workplace. International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate all the women in our lives, both at work and our family and friends. Together, with awareness and action, we have the power to break the bias and step into an equal future for all.

– Simon Roberts, Director of Winemaking

Simon and Tamara Roberts
Tamara and Simon Roberts

“Imagine a gender equal world” is the opening statement of the 2022 International Women’s Day campaign. For how long will this have to be a figment of our imagination?  Each and every one of us has a duty to make this a reality through conscious decisions to #BreakTheBias in our homes, education, workplaces and communities.  We must also celebrate and not forget who we are – we are both different AND equal.

Tamara Roberts, Ridgeview’s CEO

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