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Challenge and Celebration – International Women’s Day

8th March 2021

International Women’s Day on 8 March is a world-wide celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also calls for action for women’s equality.

Equality is a matter close to my heart and one that I will always look to challenge, defend and promote.

As Chair of the Growth Board, I have the pleasure of working with a very talented and dedicated group of people, but today I want to say thank you to the women on the Board for their work.

These high achieving women have an immense wealth of experience and perspective of working at the highest levels in different sectors. They have faced and challenged stereotyping and barriers throughout their careers. I asked them what one piece of advice would you have given your younger self to help you get where you are today?

Martha Grekos, Director of Martha Grekos Legal Consultancy, Barrister and Thames Estuary Growth Board Member

“Make sure you carry a very large sledgehammer to keep smashing down those glass ceilings. Anything is possible. Opportunities are there for the asking, there for the taking, and there for all of us who have the right skills.”


Anna Dunne, Programme Director for the City of London Corporation, Chartered Surveyor and Thames Estuary Growth Board Member

“Believe in yourself, you can do it!”


Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, Leader of Bexley Council and Thames Estuary Growth Board Member

“Tenacity wins through – if at first you don’t succeed, don’t give up!”


Emily Buckley, Strategy Manager, Economist, listed in Forbes ‘30 under 30’ in 2019 and Thames Estuary Growth Board Member

“Our lives and careers are inevitably filled with ups and downs – the key is to keep growing, adapting and moving forward.”


Carla Guerrera, Founder and CEO of Purpose Driven Development and Planning, “Top 40 Under 40” in both Global Land Use Professionals Awards and Business in Vancouver Awards and Thames Estuary Growth Board Member


My thanks and heart-felt appreciation to all my fabulous women colleagues on the Thames Estuary Growth Board who make it as successful and dynamic as it is. Cheers!

And finally a huge thank you to Katherine Reynolds and Helen McKay in the growth board team.