International Women’s Day – 8 March 2021
As we mark International Women’s Day this year, we spoke to four of the women that help make up our strong team here at Print Data Solutions. They told us about their job roles, what they are proud of, and how important this year’s theme of #ChooseToChallenge is to them.
Jayne Gowan, Client Services
“Working within the client services team, my role is to look after relationship management, ensuring that we always deliver on our promises and that clients have everything they need to operate efficiently. I enjoy working on diverse projects from supporting a global cosmetics brand on a range of projects including a sales incentive scheme, to helping a company within the construction sector with their campaign activity.
“During the pandemic, my interest in aspects of wellbeing has increased significantly as I have seen how important it is to take time out for self-care and I have developed an enthusiasm for yoga. It is great to see so many businesses focusing on this too, including PDS which has done a great deal this year to show us that we are appreciated. I also enjoying helping our clients reward and recognise their teams. It is such a fun part to our job and is an area where we are seeing huge growth as a business.
“I’ve really enjoyed finding out more about this year’s IWD theme #ChooseToChallenge because it is so important that people make a commitment to call out inequality and gender bias. We’re all responsible for continuing to influence change.”
Ronnie Maloney, Finance Team Leader
Ronnie described how she has seen women’s role and influence grow during her career in finance and told us how pleased she was that PDS had female as well as male directors at the helm. Ronnie manages a team of four who look after all aspects of finance at PDS from accounts payable, purchasing, invoicing, sales support, VAT, and data compliance.
Ronnie said, “I have worked for PDS for five years now and we are always busy. I started my career working for a publishing company looking after authors’ royalties and from there learned bookkeeping and got a job working for Weetabix. I eventually moved on to work for an US telecoms company and then joined the corporate world of Virgin where I started as a temp and was offered a permanent role with a relocation to the City of London.
“Although the lockdowns have had their challenges, I am happy with how I have spent my time rediscovering my love of cooking and recreating meals I have enjoyed when I’ve eaten out. I was pleased to be able to return to working in the office to represent the Finance team and keep all our systems operating smoothly. I have always had a strong work ethic and am proud to have bought and paid for my own house.
“I have seen many changes in attitudes and behaviour towards women in the workplace and I think that the #ChooseToChallenge theme is an important one.”
Anna Miller, Junior Designer
Junior designer Anna is currently working from home as part of the continuing lockdown and, as a more recent recruit, joining the business in 2019, has spent the majority of her employment so far away from the office.
Anna said, “I graduated from the University of Worcester with a first-class degree in graphic design having won two scholarships as the highest achieving student in my year. I wanted to work in an agency environment where I could learn from others and explore a range of skills to find my niche.
“At PDS I really enjoy packaging design and colleagues tell me that I have got an eye for how flat designs transfer to 3D labels and bags and how products will look on the shelf. I have learned the importance of making mock-ups to test out designs as this can really bring them to life off the computer screen. I have developed a passion for baking and really enjoy making and decorating cakes. It gives me a different creative outlet when I am not working, and I have found it relaxing during the pandemic.”
Stephanie Govier, Account Executive
Steph told us about her career in print and promotional merchandise. “My role is to make sure that everything we promise to our clients is executed and completed with attention to detail and according to their deadlines. Whether it’s print, merchandise or fulfilment, I deal with every kind of job for a range of different clients. I have developed a lot of expertise in sourcing merchandise over my career and I am always on hand to advise colleagues who might know more about other areas such as packaging. I have worked in print and packaging for over 15 years after bringing up my two children now aged 17 and 21.
“My greatest achievement was to finally complete the London Marathon in 2015 after two previous attempts that were thwarted by injury. I was really proud of raising £3k for local cancer charities.
“I am pleased to say that I have seen a huge improvement in the gender balance in workplaces over the years and it is good to see such progress being made.”