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International Women’s Day 8th March. Meet Sophie

It’s International Women’s Day and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Sophie Taylor at Sugarman Group.

What is your current role & what does it entail?

I’m Marketing Manager for Sugarman Group, handling all marketing activity and communications for our brands in the UK and Australia – a really varied role where no day is the same!

Where did your career begin?

I decided in my teens I wanted to work in PR and communications (I love talking!) and planned my studies around that, choosing English, Art and design for my A Levels. I then went on to University to study Communications Studies with Public Relations which was a great experience. I worked part time during my studies doing PR roles until I graduated and progressed through various businesses, from interiors, utilities and construction, to health care, training and now at Sugarman in marketing for the recruitment industry!

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

I’ve been very fortunate to work within businesses that pioneer all colleagues, whether male or female, which has been enlightening. I’m a working mother which has its challenges when you have deadlines to meet but also nursery drop off, lunch boxes to pack and trying to balance giving my son and husband quality time and not glued to my phone! I think being in my 30’s, my experience is that women are demonstrating we can have it all (albeit with the help of coffee!)

What are the current challenges for women in your sector?

In this sector, it really has a nice balance and I believe the challenges are equal for both men and women – not enough hours in the day but the opportunities are endless.

Which women in the media inspire you?

I absolutely love Jo Malone and Karren Brady – two very strong business women who rock having a family and running successful brands and public images. Both have battled ill health and they have not let it hold them back – amazing!

Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?

My parents have always been very career minded which has been a big inspiration to me. My mum worked as a teacher in Business which had great challenges and was very demanding, but yet she never missed a sports day or parents evening, I always knew my parents were there.

In my 30’s, my sister is now a great inspiration to me. She’s 4 years younger than me and although she was a bit of a wildchild (which I remind her of constantly!) she has made a career for herself and has become a tenacious young woman working in an marketing and events role, travelling across the UK and working with some fantastic brands! I’m exceptionally proud of her.

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International Women’s Day 8th March. Meet Amanda

It’s International Women’s Day and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Amanda Hunt at Sugarman Australia.

What is your current role & what does it entail?

My current role is the Team Manager of Allied Health in the Sugarman Sydney office.  A billing Manager, so whilst managing a team, contributing to the overall focus and profit. I also coach and support the team: understanding Allied Health market and being knowledgeable to discuss with clients and candidates: Negotiating with clients: Interviewing and supporting candidates: And having a handle on the profit and loss aspects of the business. It’s a varied interesting role that I enjoy.

Where did your career begin?

My career in recruitment began many moons ago, 15 years approx, whereby the famous reason “ I fell  into recruitment” comes into play. I did start and partially complete a Psychology Degree however did not complete the final modules, whilst I had a full-time Recruitment role. I have achieved other courses since one being I  gained Level 3 in Beauty Therapy passing with distinction. And I love doing wedding makeup at the weekends, although that has taken a back seat since moving to Australia, too busy Sup Boarding and checking out the scenery now. A great work life balance does exist.

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

In the beginning of my career, heavily male based however that has evened out over the years. Also varying in the recruitment sectors as I did start in the Finance and  Engineering sector. Other than that, just normal business being a woman, as per normal.

Is enough being done in the UK/Australia to promote women in the workplace?

To promote woman in Uk and Australia, yes. I worked in the UK for Cordant People and then was sponsored over to the Sugarman Australia part of the business. I went from Senior Consultant to Team Manager in less than 17 months. And littered through our business some strong woman in high achieving roles.

What advice would you give someone looking to start working in your sector?

Lend yourself to the Sugarman Core Values. (Candour, Disruptive innovation, Collaboration, Relentlessness) and maintain a high integrity, professionalism and a good old fashioned thick skin. And you will be just fine, and go far.

Which women in the media inspire you?

Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga (Although detest her name, not that she would mind that)

Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?

My parents. My best friend. Teachers. Anyone who has persevered in the face of adversity and triumphed, and has done that continuously throughout life with their grace and empathy intact. Always face your head towards the sun, that way the shadows fall behind you!

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International Women’s Day – 8th March. Meet Melissa Schook

It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Melissa Schook, Dental Recruiter at Sugarman Australia.

What is your current role & what does it entail?

Currently I am a Dental Recruiter for Sugarman Australia based in Perth, Australia. My role is of a 360 degree nature so I manage the full recruitment cycle from candidate generation to full account management. I currently focus on the Victoria & the Northern Territory markets. I recruit for all roles within the Dental sector.

I am currently in a development program to become a Team Leader so another part of my role is to support my Divisional Manager in picking up some additional duties with our permanent team (a wonderful team of 4 Wellbeing & Dental recruiters), additional duties include but not limited to; weekly reporting & coaching other junior members of the team.

Where did your career begin?

Like many others I fell into recruitment, my working life started working in McDonalds. I was a store 2IC at 17 years old. I then worked in a Metallurgy testing company & in 2012 I went to register as an admin temp for a white collar recruiting company & was offered a role with them instead. After a few months I took over the role as white collar recruiter and primarily worked in the technical engineering sector.

I started with Sugarman International in 2014 when we opened our doors in Perth as the Compliance Officer & Team Administrator. After having my second child I returned into a payroll/accounts capacity and eventually my current manager Janine was able to twist my arm into joining her on her recruitment team.

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

Working within Healthcare has been great, I do come across a lot of like minded women who are mothers who balance a full time work life as well, so I feel like it is easier to connect with people.

In the engineering sector some people could be a little condescending, jumping to an assumption that a woman wouldnt know what the engineering or construction roles would entail. I used to make sure I had done my research and I could easily correct their assumption and it would drive me even more to fill that vacancy quickly!

What are the current challenges for women in your sector?

A challenge I often see is women trying to enter back into the workforce and employers are not willing to give them a fair chance. I appreciate that if there has been a long gap in someone being at work they may need some updated training on systems.

Is enough being done in the UK/Australia to promote women in the workplace?

I think Australia has a longer way to go than the UK in terms of more organisations facilitating taking maternity leave viable (generally no maternity payments are offered from employers in Australia) and also the government supporting more with child care so it is more viable for both parents to return to work.

What advice would you give someone looking to start working in your sector?

My advice would be that you cannot take people too seriously in Recruitment, people are going to be short with you and/or rude – it will be all the more sweeter when they need your help! Also just get stuck into it – the foundations of recruitment are simple you just have to work hard and not be afraid of the phone and networking.

Would that advice be any different to a woman looking to start working in your sector?

I would just reflect on my own experience. As a working mum you have to remember not to be too hard on yourself to be perfect or to go to every assembly – as long as you are there for the important moments that’s what will count, and it is ok to want it all in terms of a family and a career that you can be proud of.

Which women in the media inspire you?

This is a hard one.. I do not pay that much attention to the media – I would have to say Ashley Graham, she certainly broke the internet and shed a more positive light on body image. Being a woman I know how we can pick ourselves apart when it comes to our bodies and having 2 girls I want to instill an attitude of confidence and not to let anyone bring you down!

Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?

My Mum of course, she also worked the majority of my childhood. She did a variety of things including working god awful hours before & after school (I would get my brother ready and she would get home in time to run us to school). My Dad is also a grafter – through them both I learnt the value of hard work, no matter what your job is you should always take pride in what you do.

I wanted to do the same for my family & girls – I like the fact that I can show them that a mum’s role can also be to support the household financially and you will find my toddler walking around in her heels, with a fake mobile, baby & calculator just being a mum!

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International Women’s Day – 8th March. Meet Emma Farren

It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Emma Farren, Registered Manager at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing Watford.

What is your current role & what does it entail?

I am Registered Manager for Watford Complex. I manage a team of 14, responsible for 56 clients from Northampton to Dorset with complex care needs.

Where did your career begin?

I started with Prime Time as part-time payroll support and moved to complex care expanding to full time hours quite quickly. We changed our client base from predominantly domiciliary care to complex care and grew rapidly. We are now the largest branch within the company and have been for some time. I was promoted to Care Coordinator, Team Leader, Service Delivery Manager and most recently Registered Manager.

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

This sector seems to be one in which woman blossom and have the opportunity to become figures of authority and succeed. We are a predominantly female team, and whilst that can bring the stereotypical challenges at times it also creates an extra group of friends who empower each other at every opportunity. Some of the women I have met here have become my closest friends, and I admire each of them and the amazing roles they do.

What are the current challenges for women in your sector?

The main challenge is this is not a 9-5 role. Care, especially complex care, is 24 hours.

As a single working mum of twins, finding the work/home life balance is tricky regardless, within complex care it is even more so.

Is enough being done in the UK to promote women in the workplace?

I think it’s great the issues are finally being openly discussed. There is no justification in my mind for women to be paid less or given any less opportunity. As the saying goes ‘Whatever you give a woman she will make greater’ (the rest of this quote is probably not completely appropriate!)

Which women in the media inspire you?

With a 12 year old daughter I am really conscious of the effect of women in the media – I enjoy Jennifer Lawrence and Emma stone. They are successful, but are not perfect and don’t promote that they are. It’s fine to fall in front of the audience at an awards ceremony – what’s important is what you are there for and the achievement!

Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?

My mum and my friends. All the women around me growing up were workers. They come across difficulties, manage them with grace and dignity, and whilst they may fall, they will always, always dust themselves off and get up again.

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International Women’s Day – 8th March 2019. Meet Tahlia Bromfield

It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Tahlia Bromfield, Recruitment Consultant at Sugarman Australia.

hat is your current role & what does it entail?

Recruitment Consultant across the area of Aged Care and Disability Support Workers.

Where did your career begin?

I started in the industry as a compliance trainee and quickly progressed into the Academy to land on my desk as a consultant in October 2018.

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

There are just as many men as women that work within the Recruitment and Welfare sector. Personally I have found both the industry, as well as Sugarman, to be very supportive and encouraging of women within the workforce. It’s refreshing to see that the majority of Divisional Managers within Sugarman Australia are women and I look forward to them becoming Directors in the near future.

What are the current challenges for women in your sector?

I don’t really believe there are any specific challenges as of yet in this stage of my career.

Is enough being done in the UK/Australia to promote women in the workplace?

In some sectors it has been addressed and managed well, although there is still a long way to go but the corrects steps are being taken to promote women in the workplace.

What advice would you give someone looking to start working in your sector?

Have confidence and never self doubt. This isn’t a easy industry but hard work will definitely show – be prepared to put in the effort.  Never take anything personally and have fun along the way.

Which women in the media inspire you?

Turia Pitt – Australian burn victim and Ellen Degeneres! Both courageous very influential individuals.

Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?

My Parents and Managers/Director  (previous and current) – I have always been in a supportive environment with individuals who will always go above and beyond.

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International Women’s Day – 8th March. Meet Karen McCormack

It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Karen McCormack, Manager of Sugarman International.

What is your current role & what does it entail?

I am the Manager or our International Team. Our team supports Medical Professionals to move to the UK or Australia and secure employment within our wide client base. As our business grows we want to be the gateway agency that supports businesses to find talent throughout the globe and build an international community of professionals that we can place in varying locations and sectors.

Where did your career begin?

During university I worked in Marks and Spencer which gave me my first insight into the value of customer service and how integral it is in any sector. In order to succeed in any role you must value people and strive to offer a unique service that sets you apart from the rest. Following my Masters Degree in International Management I moved to Australia and wanted to apply these values in a business that is renowned for its quality service to all parties involved!

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

Within my sector specifically a large percentage of the Health Professionals are women and especially at those senior levels of Management within Australia – so it is highly motivating!

What are the current challenges for women in your sector?

Finding a work life balance in a demanding Medical sector. These health professionals are sometimes unable to work part time or shorter hours given the increasing demand- it can be difficult to manage full time work with family !

What advice would you give someone looking to start working in your sector?

Within the Recruitment or Medical sectors both warrant a strong work ethic and can be demanding to say the least. Being determined, hardworking and valuing people will allow you to succeed in any walk of life! Jump at opportunities presented to you even if unsure – your career is a journey that you control!

Would that advice be any different to a woman?

Nope exactly the same – but do it in a fabulous pair of heels!

Which women in the media inspire you?

Amal Clooney, Meghan Markle and Jacinda Ardern.

Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?

Varying people – My grandparents and parents! My grandad in particular was honoured with a medal for bravery and courage in the Siege of Jadotville. I have always been encouraged to be brave, work hard and strive for success in every walk of life!!

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International Women’s Day – 8th March. Meet Karen Fleming

It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Karen Fleming, Business Development Manager at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing.

What is your current role & what does it entail?

I am currently Business Development Manager at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing. My role is centered around bringing on new business and looking after our current business to maximise the potential we have with each client.

Where did your career begin?

My career began after leaving school back in 1978, it wasn’t common back then to go into further education, you just left school and went out to work. I have taken a few years off in that time to have and raise a family.

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

Being a female in the recruitment industry is much easier to progress up the career ladder; I came from a finance background that was a lot more male oriented and harder for women to progress in their career.

What are the current challenges for women in your sector?

I haven’t really come across any challenges within this industry. I have found that as long

as you are passionate about what you do and you care about the end result, recruitment

can be a great path to follow, I only wish I had found that out years ago.

Is enough being done in the UK/Australia to promote women in the workplace?

Within Sugarman Health and Wellbeing I have found that women are treated equally and give the same opportunities as our male counterparts.

What advice would you give someone looking to start working in your sector?

I would say “Go for it, work hard and enjoy the challenges it brings”

Which women in the media inspire you?

Theresa May currently as she is facing an impossible situation – she is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t; she inherited a decision that was not her making. I also admire our Queen still working at her age albeit not too much nowadays, she has served our country and the commonwealth to the best of her ability.

Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?

My mum was the most inspirational woman I have known, she was never afraid of hard work, she never said a bad word about anybody, she was there when she was needed, she was the foundation to our family. I am just sorry that she cant see me now as a successful independent woman that has raised 3 children who now has her own grandchildren. My mum instilled the strong family values I have today.

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International Women’s Day – 8th March. Meet Danielle

It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Danielle Secker, Executive Assistant at Sugarman Group.

What is your current role & what does it entail

Executive Assistant – My role entails a bit of everything to be honest, I always get lost when people ask what I do because it’s such a varied role, no day is the same! I guess the overall way to describe it would be providing executive support to the Senior Management Team and overseeing the Office Management in Fenchurch St.

Where did your career begin (e.g Apprenticeship, College, Uni)?

My career actually started a couple days after I left school! I’d applied to go and study sports at college but took a summer job at the business where my Auntie and Mum worked (also did my work experience here). Two days before I was due to start college they offered me a full time job so I decided to take the job instead of going to college, I don’t regret that decision one bit!  I remember looking at the EA’s in that business and thinking, that’s what I want to do! And look now….!

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

I worked in Financial Services for years before I came into Recruitment, I find Recruitment is a lot more diverse than Financial Services in terms of the male to female ratio. Sugarman / Cordant in fact, probably has more women in Senior roles than any other business I have worked in, however, I do believe there is still work to be done to become more equal.

What are the current challenges for women in business/society?

Although I do think the times are changing and women are starting to be respected and heard more, there are still every day challenges. I think women are still judged on image, much more than men, this is something I have personally felt for a long time and still do now.  We have to be more conscious of what we wear or how we do our make up etc, this is not just at work but in everyday life.

I think it would be fair to say that at some point in our lives we have been made to believe or feel that men are stronger and more dominant than women but as I mentioned above, times are changing and I think people’s mindsets are starting to change on this!

Which women have inspired you throughout your life?

To be honest, (and this may sound a little cliche), my inspirations have never been ‘famous’ women, my inspirations have always been more close to home.  From a career perspective, when I was growing up I used to always say ‘I want to be a business woman like Auntie Lisa’. She was one of very few Senior Directors in the business I worked for in my first job and she held her own! I am sure she has (and was at the time) facing the struggles that all women in business face but she came across so strong that you wouldn’t have even known – that to me is really powerful and I admire her for that. On a more personal side, my Grandma was always someone I aspired to be like, such a selfless person who lived for her family, she put everyone before herself and was just a genuine happy and caring person (I also get my love for gin from her!)

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International Women’s Day – 8th March

It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Cassie Harrison, Business Development Director at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing.

What is your current role & what does it entail?

Business Development Director at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing. As Business Development Director I am responsible for creating new opportunities for the business through strategically planned sales and account development. I am responsible for achieving annual growth targets set, along with managing my team to ensure they are effective and high performing. I work closely with the service delivery team to drive a profitable and progressive branch.

Where did your career begin?

In 2004 I was appointed as Branch Manager for the Industrial sector based in Stratford East London, throughout my career at this company I worked for the managed service division as National Sales Manager until being head hunted by the social care sector in 2013 to run the Stratford branch taking up the role of registered Manager in January 2015

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

As a mother I have an embedded instinct to care for people and I really feel this comes across in the way I manage my team and when I am selling the services of Sugarman Health and Wellbeing. My passion to promote the excellent work we do is driven by thoughts of “walking in the shoes of my clients” and wanting to make a real difference to their lives.

What are the current challenges for women in your sector?

I don’t feel challenged working in this industry; being a woman I feel we are more relatable which is a strength when the main driver of what we do is care. Sugarman Health and Wellbeing have always recognised the hard work of its employees and I have been able to climb the career ladder within this company on my merits which have not been stifled by being a woman.

Which women in the media inspire you?

JK Rowling is an inspirational woman and one I look up to, she came from meagre roots, lived on benefits, is a divorcee and a single mum. Her success has come from sheer hard work, using her brain and imagination, grit and determination. There are very few people who would be knocked off the Forbes billionaires list because of the amount of money she gives to charity, I love that she thinks of her responsibility to help others because she has the means to do so.

Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?

My Mum is my true inspiration, as a single mum of two kids she strived to give me and my brother the best life possible sometimes going without herself. She was hardworking and career driven and I have memories of looking up at her all suited and booted and thinking “Wow I want to be like her when im older”, she is a rockstar role model to me

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Sugarman Health & Wellbeing Celebrate Service Excellence Awards

Sugarman Health & Wellbeing were delighted to be announced as winners of the  Professional Services category at the Watford BID Service Excellence awards at Watford Colosseum on 12th February.

The annual awards recognise excellence in customer and client service in Watford town centre. Run by Watford Business Improvement District (BID), businesses across 15 categories were awarded for their exceptional service following the results of a public vote, an independent mystery shopping visit and customer exit interviews.

Andra Munteanu, Resource at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing, was also commended in the ‘Excellent Employee’ category at the awards.

Mark Woolley, Complex Care Director at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing said “This is a real honour for our team – a fantastic recognition for how far we have come as a business and how hard our team work every day for our service users and clients. Special mention to Andra Munteanu who was commended on the night in the excellent employee category.”

Watford Business Improvement District (BID) was set up in April 2016, after businesses voted on its creation in October 2015. The BID sees a diverse range of businesses in the town centre join forces for the greater good of the town. The BID is funded by Watford town centre businesses in the form of a levy. The BID aims to improve the town centre so that it excels as a place to work, a place to do business, a place to shop and a place to visit.

To find out more about the services Sugarman Health & Wellbeing provide, please click here.

For further information about the Watford BID Service Excellence Awards 2019 visit: www.watfordbid.co.uk/excellence-awards.

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The Watford BID Service Excellence Awards, best Professional Services winner, Sugarman Health and Wellbeing.
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The Watford BID Service Excellence Awards, best Professional Services winner, Sugarman Health and Wellbeing.
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The Watford BID Service Excellence Awards, Excellent Employee, RUNNER UP, Andra Munteanu from Sugarman Health and Wellbeing.
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The Watford BID Service Excellence Awards, Excellent Employee, RUNNER UP, Andra Munteanu from Sugarman Health and Wellbeing.
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