Women in Business - How Heather cracked it

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Our second in the 'Women in business' blogs celebrates the phenomenon that is the Head of People Development Heather Cracknell.

She has had a massive influence in her relatively short time at Serocor Solutions bringing in various initiatives including the creation of the Mums’ Network, which is invaluable to new and returning mums.

She has taken time out to answer a few questions about how she got where she is today and what she would be doing if she wasn’t improving business processes here at Serocor.

"I got to where I am today through hard work and determination.  I left school with just basic grades and started as an apprentice, then worked my way up to promotion.  I did go back to college and University once I had my children. You just need to have a goal and work hard to achieve it."

My heroines are:

  • Helen Keller, she changed ideas of what people with a disability can accomplish.
  • Emmeline Pankhurst, she shaped an idea of women for our time and enabled women the right to vote.
  • Karren Brady, having worked at a football club you realise what a male dominated environment it is and from a fairly young age she stood her ground and is now Vice Chair of West Ham. She has also been awarded a CBE for services to women.
  • Malala Yousafzai, a young lady who was shot three times in the head for speaking about education and girls, but this has not stopped her; a remarkably brave and courageous young lady who is determined to achieve equal rights.
  • My mum, who is no longer with us but raised myself and the rest of my siblings to believe in ourselves and to work hard for what we want. 

My top tips for women in business:

  1. Be yourself and not try and be what others expect you to be
  2. Have a vision of what you want to achieve and work hard to get there
  3. Try and find a mentor, who can help and steer you on the right path

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen?

Biggest changes in business for women is that they are listened to, they now have a voice and I believe that businesses are beginning to see the benefits of senior women at board level, there is still a long way to go.  But we now have women serving on board naval ships, more women as police officers, lawyers and doctors and women can achieve in their chosen careers.

What was your dream job as a child and why?

My dream job as a child was to be a nurse. However, if I had my time again I would retrain as a midwife.