Recruitment Manager, Hays Recruitment.
Katie is Assist Women’s Network Secretary.
I believe that women should always be unapologetically themselves. We are all unique, no one is perfect, and we learn daily. I now work in business in the Teesside and Tyneside and I am incredibly proud of my achievements. I am currently working in as a Recruitment Manager in Newcastle/Middlesbrough.
Having grown up in a single parent household, with two younger sisters, I have always realised the importance of being a strong and dependable woman. Having belief in yourself as an individual, confidence in your own uniqueness and abilities, the value of being kind and the ability to speak your mind are so important to me. My late Mum was all about empowering women and joining forces. She helped everyone she met, and she helped build self-esteem and raise their expectations.
I am currently working as a Recruitment Manager in Teesside, where I have worked for 12 years. I have a fantastic team under me and work with some incredible clients across all of Tees Valley. This gives me great connections for Assist and the ability to reach out to clients across sectors, locations and levels.
Socially, I absolutely love my family and friends. I have my boys – mu husband and son, my amazing sisters, the most fabulous friends who I have had all of my life and a supportive and nurturing family. I am extremely lucky.
I am very often told that I can always find the right words and that I put people at ease very quickly. Furthermore, I am dedicated and reliable and if I say I will do something, I do it.
I would look at really joining forces more with competition. I think that in Teesside, we face so much daily in our own work, the last thing we need is to create further blockers. We should come together as like minded women who are all working towards the same goal.
Since joining Assist I have been invited to events including Hidden Women of Teesside, where I had the chance to network with local business women and build contacts. I felt very welcomed and part of something supportive of where I'm at today and what I'm trying to achieve. I now have an experienced mentor for the next year to help me focus and build my dreams. Lastly I was invited to the Assist Christmas meal which was amazing as being self-employed and a small grassroots organisation, it can get lonely so I was grateful for the opportunity to connect with other women feeling the same way and trying to achieve great things.
Annalice Argyle – Trac UK (Teesside)
Independent Recovery Advocates and Consultants & Lobster Recovery
I found Assist through a love of books and a desire for personal development but what I discovered was so much more. Whatever you come to Assist for it will benefit all aspects of your life; personal, professional and community. It is positive action for women on Teesside to support and empower each other and most importantly, to thrive. Why would you not want to be a part of this?
Hayley Mclean – Anderson Barrowcliff LLP
Assist is a great place to meet, connect and collaborate with businesswomen from across the Tees Valley. It's welcoming and informal atmosphere for networking, combined with the diverse range of business topics it addresses on behalf of its members is both interesting and informative. This winning combination means i learn something new each time i attend and its why i keep coming back.
Having struggled for a while to find a womens network in Teesside, i stumbled across of the Assist events by chance. How happy i am that i did. Ann and the team make the networking fun and relevant, informative and comfortable. I've made several really good business connections, but mostly i've met some great women who i know i could turn to for advice, or even just to meet for a coffee. We all face the same issues within business and personally and the Assist meet's allow collaboration, suggestion, support and smiles. Thank you Assist x
Katie Kendall – Hays Recruitment