It’s a great time to be a woman in business

Therese Liddle, Chief Executive Officer of NRG, leading recruitment company headquartered in the North East, and Regional Vice Chairman of the Institute of Directors talks on International Women’s Day about what it’s like to be a successful female leader.

Therese was appointed as CEO of NRG in 2016 following a successful 25 year career in Recruitment including PLC board director, delivering high profile recruitment projects across the UK in both public and private sectors. She led the recent launch of recruitment outsourcing business greenbean by NRG to offer an alternative more agile recruitment process outsourcing solution to the market.  As mother to two girls Therese is very interested in enabling options for young people.

Putting high-growth, women-led businesses on the map

The recruitment sector is reasonably balanced and female leadership is not unusual as the makeup of the industry has a significant (80% plus) proportion of SME, owner managed businesses. At NRG we measure success and opportunities in line with outputs, not gender, we recognise the flexibility required to balance a positive home and work life.

I am personally incredibly lucky to have been mentored by a female entrepreneur, the company founder, who inspired and stretch me to achieve more. Growing up I was surrounded by strong women, all of whom had careers and raised a family. I took it for granted that it was possible to do that, and of course it is if that’s what you choose to do, but it’s hard work and most of us are only able to do it by having a great support network who can help with the juggling!

I work with many business leaders and genuinely believe that women bring great balance to business, particularly in leadership roles. They add emotional intelligence to decision making, and in most cases they strip away bravado and just focus on the doing.

With two daughters and several nieces I wish for them any career they seek. It’s all possible with application, self-belief, hard work and confidence but it should also be fun! We spend too long at work for it not to be enjoyable.

I believe luck and timing also plays a part in success, grasp an opportunity if it comes along but nothing should hold back the dreams and aspirations of young people. Future generations have all the options they just need the courage and to put themselves out there and be prepared to ask for help when they need it.

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NRG supports founders4schools whose mission is to inspire students and prepare them for the rapidly changing world of work. They do this by enabling educators to invite business leaders for encounters with their student in just 4 minutes. The online platform is a free service, connecting educators with leaders of successful growing businesses in their community.