As part of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the achievement of women in leadership here at Protocol!

Here, we hear from Beth Curtis our Head of Business Development & Strategy.

  1. Can you tell me about your career, and how you got to where you are today?

My first real job was working in research at the University of Nottingham, first in a research unit and then in the Marketing and Communications team, they supported me to gain my marketing qualifications, and when I left I looked after Postgraduate marketing.

My (now) husband and I left to travel the world for a year, and when I came back I moved to a role at Lincoln College.  I was there for nearly ten years, and saw huge shifts in the landscape both nationally and locally. I then moved to The EBP, where I oversaw delivery of the NCS contract as well as delivering work experience and enrichment activities for schools. Next, I moved to the National College for High Speed Rail, where I spent a hectic 18 months as part of the project team that got the college up and running, from an almost standing start.

I moved to Protocol in Autumn 2017, and the role has allowed me to use my understanding of the sector in a different way.

  1. What motivates you to be successful?

I just like the feeling of doing a good job.  I’m also very conscious of equipping my children with a really positive work ethic, that says work should be enjoyable, but that working hard is part of that contract.

  1. What is your favourite part about your job?

Meeting people, I love to be out and about meeting clients, potential clients and anyone else in the sector.  Everyone has a story to tell, and something to teach me.

  1. What advice do you have for aspiring women in business?

Work hard, and have faith in your own abilities, but don’t be afraid to ask for help or admit when you don’t know something. One thing that has always stuck with me is that research shows that women won’t apply for a role if they don’t tick 50% of the criteria, whereas men will apply because they do tick 50% of the criteria!

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