Women take lead in Ashford market research firm
Emily Kettle, left, and
Claire Spencer of Facts International
Two women have smashed through the glass ceiling to land
top seats in the boardroom.
Emily Kettle and Claire Spencer - of Ashford's Facts
International, a market research agency and part of Chime Insight
and Engagement Group - have been promoted after only a few
years with the business.
Chime encourages talented women to go for senior roles while
many companies face criticism for male-dominated boardrooms.
Emily has worked for Facts since 2007 and becomes managing
Claire, previously group financial controller, is group
Emily said: "My message to all young women starting out is it's
hard out there but nothing's impossible – work hard and challenge
yourself and you never know what opportunities might crop up."
Claire added: "To be successful having a good work ethic is
essential but it also helps to be someone that offers solutions to
problems, rather than just highlighting them."
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