Celebrating International Women’s Day

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 –

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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 –

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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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Celebrating Community

RIDGEVIEW’S SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY SERIES – PART 4

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY

Sustainability starts with people


There’s a lot more to Ridgeview than meets the eye. We are proud pioneers of the English wine industry, with a deep-rooted social mission that goes far beyond this.

As a purpose-driven, family business, we have a skyward vision to match the quality and dedication we devote to our wine, with our commitment to a positive social impact. Thanks to our passionate customers, partners and employees, Ridgeview’s trailblazing work continues to lead and inspire.

Here’s how we live that change…

CHARITY AND COMMUNITY

Table Talk Foundation Food Education

Ridgeview are active participants in the community and cares deeply about the individuals within it.

We have a focus charity of the year, which for 2022 is a renewed partnership with Table Talk Foundation.

You can find out more about their inspirational food education programme for children in Sussex and support for the wider hospitality industry here.

Ridgeview regularly support local and national charitable organisations and fundraising events through bottle donations, raffle prizes and hosting charity events at our estate.

OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Ridgeview are proud sponsors of community sport including Burgess Hill Cricket Club and Burgess Hill Rugby Club.

We are delighted that our wines are awarded to players of the match to celebrate skill, success and hard work.

Ridgeview at Burgess Hill Cricket Club's Softball Competition
Community Hero Awards

Ridgeview were delighted to sponsor the Sussex Community Hero Award at the Sussex Business Awards 2021.

It was an honour to celebrate individuals who went above and beyond for their community during the pandemic.

OUR TEAM IN THE COMMUNITY

Ridgeview champions our employees’ endeavours to support causes close to their heart. We are vibrant, diverse and dynamic team, with a caring culture of social responsibility who believe in doing business for good.

We run a number of charitable initiatives together as a team, like our staff raffles, foodbank donations and annual activity challenge, a charity initiative masterminded by our CEO, Tamara Roberts.

Our team set personal activity goals which Ridgeview rewards by donating to a monthly charity of choice when they hit their target together.

Ridgeview's Activity Challenge

It’s important to Ridgeview that we enable our team members to support charities that are personal to their own background, story and values. That’s why we offer a payroll giving scheme and will be launching Volunteering Days in 2022, providing staff with paid time off to take part in charitable activities close to their hearts.

“Businesses, like people, thrive when they genuinely embrace and support their local community.  There is no set formula and sometimes the smallest gestures can make the biggest difference to your employees and neighbourhood. Creating an environment within which giving back is highly valued and actively encouraged is hugely important and rewarding.”

– Tamara Roberts, Ridgeview’s CEO

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Inspiring the Next Generation for English Wine

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LEADING, NURTURING AND INSPIRING


Ridgeview are passionate about supporting education and encouraging people to enter a career in the Wine Industry. We strive to do all that we can to remove barriers, create pathways and welcome everyone who has passion and purpose.

Our strong links with Plumpton College help to support and inspire the next generation entering the Wine Industry. Ridgeview’s Vineyard Manager, Matt Strugnell and Head Winemaker, Simon Roberts regularly give talks, host visits and offer mentoring to share their knowledge and experience with students.

In partnership with Plumpton, we have joined the National Apprenticeships Scheme, to offer a new Vineyard Apprentice position at Ridgeview. This will enable individuals to gain unique experience in our vineyard, focusing on sustainable practises and viticulture of the highest quality, to forge a rewarding and long-lasting career in the wine industry.

 

Ridgeview Harvest Academy
Ridgeview's Harvest Academy 2021

In 2021, we launched the Ridgeview Harvest Academy to support and encourage local individuals, who were out of work, to explore a career in English wine. We were delighted to offer all interested participants paid employment at Ridgeview during our 2021 harvest, joining us as press loaders and pickers.

Tamara Roberts
Tamara Roberts, CEO

Ridgeview’s CEO, Tamara Roberts, is a member of the advisory board of Sussex University Business School and is passionate about creating opportunities for meaningful work experience, guiding and informing education strategy and strengthening connections between industry, business and students.

Tamara regularly attends career events at local secondary schools, such as Burgess Hill Academy and Downlands, to inspire students to broaden their horizons and consider a career in the English Wine Industry, at a pivotal time in their lives.

You can often find us as friendly faces at career events or local education initiatives. Highlights include our involvement with East Sussex County Council’s Open Doors Project, enabling local school pupils to visit Ridgeview and experience the winemaking world for the first-time to shape and inspire their future.

Mardi Roberts, Ridgeview’s Director of Communications, is a Business Mentor for Shoreham Academy. Through innovative and inspiring work experience projects, she nurtures young people to realise and develop their skills.

Mardi’s ‘Could you be a Winemaker?’ Work Place Live event, challenges students to discover their palate through a series of blind food tastings, designed to test their ability to taste and smell. Mardi is passionate about demystifying the wine industry and encouraging young people to bring a fresh perspective to this vibrant sector.

Mardi Roberts, Director of Communications
Mardi Roberts, Director of Communications

Ridgeview strongly believes in the importance of sharing our passion and expertise. The future of the English Wine Industry shines brightly and we are dedicated to inspiring the next generation. We open doors, nurture passionate people and pave the way for fresh talent who can take our vibrant sector to new and exciting heights.

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Wellbeing at Work

RIDGEVIEW’S SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY SERIES – PART 2

WELLBEING AT WORK


We are passionate about the wellbeing of our team and creating a happy, healthy working environment for all. Ridgeview’s world leading wine and the wellness of our staff will always go hand-in-hand.

Here’s how and why…

The Ridgeview Family
The Ridgeview Family

OUR FAMILY ETHOS

We are proud to be a second-generation family business and each member of our team becomes an extended part of that. Ridgeview were delighted to win ‘Best London and South-East Family Business’ in the Family Business United Awards in 2021. This is testament to our commitment to empowering our staff to thrive in every aspect of their lives.

WE CELEBRATE TOGETHER

Ridgeview’s lively social committee dream up inventive ways for our team to socialise and have fun, in and outside of work.

From paddle boarding to wine and spirits tastings, a community beach-clean to football friendlies, we are never short on ideas or enthusiasm to socialise and celebrate together!

The Ridgeview Team's 10km Rum
Getting Active Together
Ridgeview's Activity Challenge
Ridgeview's Activity Challenge

We run a number of charitable initiatives as a team, like our staff raffles, foodbank donations and annual activity challenge, a charity initiative masterminded by our CEO, Tamara Roberts.

Our team set personal activity goals which Ridgeview rewards by donating to a monthly charity of choice when they hit their target together.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Ridgeview has developed strong employee support networks.

We encourage walk-and-talk meetings around the vineyard and offer a Cycle-to-Work scheme to promote an active lifestyle that gives back to the planet.

Walk and Talk Meetings in Action
Walking and Talking around the Vineyard
Grapes in our vineyard
Wellness Matters

We have a team of trained mental health first aiders in the workplace and host coffee mornings providing a space to check in, chat and connect.

Our team can access free, confidential and compassionate support through our Employee Assistance Programme. We offer an annual Wellbeing MOT to empower our staff to reach their own health, wellness and lifestyle goals.

OUR CULTURE

We are a vibrant, diverse and dynamic team, with a caring culture of social responsibility who believe in doing business for good. We offer a payroll giving scheme and will be launching Volunteering Days in 2022, providing staff with paid time off to take part in charitable activities close to their hearts.

Ridgeview offers flexible working and part-time patterns to support a healthy work-life balance so our team can thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Our Nook Wellness Pods
Ridgeview's Head Office Meeting Pods

We live and breathe a family ethos, valuing all of our staff as individuals, with a unique story and an important role to play.

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Diversity and Inclusion

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of our business, and we value each individual based on their unique talent and perspective. Ridgeview is committed to creating an inclusive culture that respects and celebrates the diversity of our people. Our team is built on wide-ranging backgrounds, expertise and experiences and this is central to our success.

Tamara Roberts, CEO

Our CEO, Tamara Roberts, is a member of Wine GB’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group whose mission is to proactively drive for an equal, accessible and diverse community in every corner of the UK Wine Industry.

Our own Diversity and Inclusion working group is dedicated to continuous monitoring and improvement and Ridgeview are committed to ensuring that our workplace truly reflects and supports the full spectrum of the diverse world that we are all a part of.

The importance of gender diversity is paramount at Ridgeview and we are proud that over 50% of our workforce identify as women; many are in roles where there is typically a lack of female representation, most notably with our CEO, Tamara Roberts, at the helm.

We strive to create a welcoming workplace in which all gender identities and expressions can thrive.

Becca in the Winery
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Our rigorous recruitment practises ensure accessibility, objectivity and unbiased decision-making (from application through to employment). Ridgeview offers flexible working and part-time patterns. We are a real living wage employer and are committed to being a disability confident and menopause friendly business.

Winemaking

Our mission is for a working environment that meaningfully supports each and everyone to fulfil their truest potential.

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Ridgeview’s 2022 Focus Charity – Table Talk Foundation

Ridgeview are delighted to continue our charity partnership with Table Talk Foundation, an incredible organisation providing support to the hospitality industry and food education in Sussex. In 2022, we have renewed our pledge to donate £1 for every bottle sold.

FOR A BETTER FUTURE


Table Talk Participants

A huge focus for the charity this new year, is fundraising in partnership with Adopt a School Trust, to build a bespoke training kitchen at Plumpton College. This will provide a dedicated space in which to deliver their inspirational food education programme helping local primary school children to lead healthier, happier lives.

Why not bid in their upcoming fundraising auction for the chance to win some incredible prizes, from a South African vineyard experience to a private lesson with a Michelin Star chef?

Table Talk Foundation are passionate about young people’s wellbeing and enabling the next generation to positively change the course of their own future. They educate children about where our food comes from, and how to grow and cook, seasonally and sustainably. Ultimately, they instill a healthy relationship with food, with themselves and with the world around them.

Adopt a School

Ridgeview is proud to be a family business and are passionate about the health and wellbeing of the next generation. That’s why we are committed to supporting Table Talk’s tireless work, for a positive impact on the trajectory of young lives.

HOSPITALITY ACTION


Table Talk Foundation also provide invaluable support to the UK hospitality industry, something very close to Ridgeview’s heart. Through their grants to Hospitality Action, they help thousands of people experiencing difficulty or crisis. They offer vital assistance including financial grants, counselling and advisory support which help hospitality people back on their feet again after a setback.

Over the course of the pandemic Hospitality Action has helped many families put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. They have provided a safety net for hospitality retirees facing isolation and they’ve worked hard to protect the mental and emotional wellbeing of those most vulnerable across UK hospitality.

There were over 660,000 UK job losses in the hospitality sector in 2020 due to COVID-19, with revenues down 40% on average. The devastating impact that the pandemic has had continues to grow and our collective support is now more vital than ever.

Hospitality venues are places of celebration, connection and community; Ridgeview are committed to supporting the people and places behind these to thrive.

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