Q: How long have you worked at Fordthorne?
On and off for 38 years.
Q: What daily duties does your role hold?
The safe and profitable running of the Transit service department.
Q: Why did you join Fordthorne?
I applied for a job as a mechanic. I was turned down for being a female. So I kept bothering him for a job. My wonderful old boss gave up and employed me in the office to shut me up.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working at Fordthorne?
The people I work with. The fast pace of the work. Enjoy a challenge of which there are several.
Q: What would you say/advice to other women looking to break into a historically male dominated industry?
Start at the bottom, learn all the different roles on the way up. Work hard and be determined.
Q: For those women who may be put off by the industry, what advice would you give to those?
I was the first female to be employed in the service department, and went on to become the first female service manager for a Ford dealership. I just made it work as I enjoyed coming to work, the work I did and the people that surrounded me. So if you want something badly enough you will make it work. (If you are male or female who is put off by the industry, the job isn’t for you)
Q: Have you encountered pervasive stereotypes, and lack of mentoring because you are a female and if so how have you combatted these societal behaviours to succeed?
The only problem I have had, still have and will always have is customers, who do not like being told how it is by a female. Most of the time you are unable to combat it.