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International Women's Day

Watergate Wonder Women

Brilliant women from all walks of life work at Watergate Bay 24-7, 365 days a year.

But to celebrate International Women’s Day, we’d like to introduce you to a handful of them – talking in their own words about who they admire, striking the right balance, job satisfaction and what they do when it’s clocking off time…

The most satisfying aspect of what we do…

Helen Bishop

Some Watergate women we admire

Helen Bishop

“Head of sustainability and engagement. She’s gifted, warm and perceptive. She has such an easygoing way that draws people to her. She’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with, and she never gives up. She’ll always just keep going until the job is done.” – Judi Blakeburn, brand director

Tammy Driscoll

“Our Kids’ Zone manager – she has such a wealth of experience both with children and the hospitality aspect of her role. She has a very demanding role but manages to strike the balance between looking after our wellbeing and ensuring we're doing our jobs to a high standard.” – Nicki Ellar, Kids’ Zone supervisor

Christina Knight

“Our food and beverages manager, who supports and believes in me, even if I don’t. The amount of help and encouragement that she’s given me – I’ve never felt more motivated and ready to take on new challenges. She’s my idol, and the one I look up to to be a better manager, person and teammate.” – Klaudia Poblocka, manager, The Beach Hut

Photo of Christina Knight smiling

“Pinpointing a singular woman here is an impossible task. There are far too many to mention. So many powerhouse women, not only in leadership roles, but also in our grass roots roles who just 'get it done'. I'm inspired daily by their intelligence and can-do attitudes, compassion and humour. I'm in awe of them.” – Kayleigh Bailey, senior guest services host

Kayleigh Bailey

Striking the right balance…

“Last year, I discovered that I probably have ADHD. This new understanding has given me an insight into how I operate, process, communicate and ultimately the impact on how I work and my success. It’s been nothing less than life changing, and with the support of my team and manager I’ve been afforded the chance to explore various ways of working – and my successes have been many.” – Kayleigh Bailey, senior guest services host

The constant challenge is balancing the guest experience from a hotel perspective, with the Ofsted requirements for running a daycare setting. I feel we’ve achieved it. Most new team members come from full-time daycare backgrounds, which is very different to our setting. Here, there’s less pressure and less paperwork, which gives more time with the children to develop new skills that can hopefully be used in their adult lives.” – Tammy Driscoll, Kids’ Zone manager

“Being so immersed in my job, I have to remember that focusing on something else entirely is really important too – to keep things in perspective, and balanced.” – Judi Blakeburn, brand director

When we’re not working…

International Women's Day - Wednesday 8 March 2023

A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

#IWD2023 #EmbraceEquity

Women In Hotels Brunch

Boutique Hotelier Women in Hotels

To mark International Women’s Day, Boutique Hotelier are shining a spotlight on the women in the hotel industry showcasing innovation and resilience. While the hospitality industry at large is making important strides to address gender equality, only 26% of senior leadership positions are currently occupied by women, despite making up 50% of the workforce.

The list of 49 remarkable women will be announced at a celebratory brunch in London on 8 March and includes our own brand director, Judi Blakeburn FCIM. The event is designed as a unique opportunity for women in the earlier stages of their hospitality career to be inspired by hospitality leaders and hear all about how they have advanced in the workplace and achieved success. Several of our team will be at the event.

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