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International Women's Day: The women who keep Jackson Square running





Jackson Square’s female staff are celebrating their success in senior positions as part of International Women’s Day today (Wednesday, March 8).

The international event honours women’s achievements, raises awareness of sex discrimination and stereotyping and calls for action on equality.

Hayley Harris, operations assistant at the Bishop’s Stortford shopping centre, said: “As we mark International Women’s Day here at Jackson Square, we are proud to celebrate the women of the centre and shout about how these women continue to shape the significant, though unfinished, progress towards gender equality.”

The women who help to keep Jackson Square running. Pic: Vikki Lince
The women who help to keep Jackson Square running. Pic: Vikki Lince

She said that around half of the precinct’s management and store leadership teams were women and she was proud of what had been achieved so far.

She added: “Having worked in property management for a combined 13 years, Corrina Savage, Jackson Square’s operations manager, and I, as an operations assistant, are proud to represent women in what is considered a male-dominated industry, with hopes to encourage future generations of women to pursue a career in property management.

“We are both equally empowered to perform outside our comfort zones, build and coach a successful team and provide a platform to community members and groups wherever possible."

Jackson Square operations team members, from left, assistant Hayley Harris, manager Corrina Savage and soft service manager Kim Stock. Pic: Vikki Lince
Jackson Square operations team members, from left, assistant Hayley Harris, manager Corrina Savage and soft service manager Kim Stock. Pic: Vikki Lince

Kim Stock is another example of a woman who has worked her way through the ranks to become Jackson Square’s soft service manager.

She is in charge of the 44-unit centre’s security and cleaning team, once again a male-dominated role and industry.

Hayley said: “She leads with compassion, resilience and determination, taking the team on a journey rather than simply instructing.

"She knew what the role required and carried the confidence and self-belief to know that she was the one able to make it happen.

Jackson Square security officer Megan Evans with the centre's soft service manager Kim Stock. Pic: Vikki Lince
Jackson Square security officer Megan Evans with the centre's soft service manager Kim Stock. Pic: Vikki Lince

“The women of Jackson Square represent strength and passion and, though barriers to female leadership persist, we hope to inspire other females to follow whatever path they wish to, helping break through those barriers to achieve gender equality and embrace equity.”

Anna Budan at The Fragrance Shop. Pic: Vikki Lince
Anna Budan at The Fragrance Shop. Pic: Vikki Lince
Amanda James at The Entertainer. Pic: Vikki Lince
Amanda James at The Entertainer. Pic: Vikki Lince
Linsey Lynch at Nando's. Pic: Vikki Lince
Linsey Lynch at Nando's. Pic: Vikki Lince
Metta Walker at Art House in Devoils Lane. Pic: Vikki Lince
Metta Walker at Art House in Devoils Lane. Pic: Vikki Lince
Debbie Ghosh at FatFace. Pic: Vikki Lince
Debbie Ghosh at FatFace. Pic: Vikki Lince
Mel Ballisat at Holland and Barratt. Pic: Vikki Lince
Mel Ballisat at Holland and Barratt. Pic: Vikki Lince
Linzi Bretherton at jeweller F Hinds. Pic: Vikki Lince
Linzi Bretherton at jeweller F Hinds. Pic: Vikki Lince

* Are you celebrating International Women's Day? If so, let us know how by sending details and any photos to newsdesk@stortfordindie.co.uk.



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