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.