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person you are, too. I am outgoing, an
extrovert. I like people and get bored
quickly, so the restaurant industry really
suited me. It's always changing. It is very
dynamic and you can solve problems very
quickly; you don't have to wait. It's a B to C
(business to consumer) business, you are
always in front of the consumer and it's
very social. There is a great vibe with both
the staff and the customers.
But if you are very introverted, you like
planning and are more methodical, that
would lead you to work in a B to B business.
Look at what type of person you are, and
ask people who are similar to you what
they do - and get experience in different
industries from as young an age as you can.

The average person will have
nine different jobs and one
complete career change.
What tips do you have for someone
looking to find their dream job?
The way I've always started is by
looking at me as an individual
and working out what sort of life
I want. Then I go about finding the job
that will allow me to have that life.
If work detracts from that life rather
than adds to it, it's a battle you are never
going to win. That's when it ends in tears
and you become bitter towards your job.
Start by asking yourself: Is this fitting
in? Say for example, it's your dream job
but it's a two-hour commute and you are
never going to see your kids and the thought
of that breaks your heart. My advice is
don't pursue that job because it's taking
too much away that's important to you.
In my 20s, I didn't have a gap year
because my dad didn't want me to, so
instead I went after a role that involved
travel as that was important to me.
Looking after international development
at Pizza Express meant I was on a plane
every week, so it fulfilled that aspect
I felt I needed in my life. And it meant I
was much better at my job because I
loved what I was doing.
I became an entrepreneur because
I had no choice. I got to my late 20s and
knew that if I was to have the life I wanted
for my 30s, which meant hopefully
meeting somebody and having lots of
children, I wasn't going to achieve it
if I continued to do what I was doing.
This was 15 years ago when flexible
hours and women working through
maternity was much less developed. So to

That intelligent,
dynamic, focused
individual doesn't
change because
she's had a baby
be my 30s person, I was going to have
to have my own business and be entirely
in control of my own diary. I hadn't even
met Michael then, but that's when I made
the leap. The kids came much later.
The Bombay Bicycle Club was the first
company I ran and then Natural Health.
Now I have changed again and have
focused on not running anything. Though
I love business and being involved, I
couldn't be in a position when anyone
apart from my kids was reliant on me
getting up in the morning. I tried that and
it was just too big a compromise. So I began
creating a career to fit around my life.
That's why I started to invest. I'm
finally doing something I want to do for
the rest of my life because it fits in with
now and anything I foresee in the future.
It means I can work and live anywhere,
which is my ultimate dream.

What could be done about
attracting mums back into
careers and not just settling
for low-paid jobs to make money?
We have made some progress
but are nowhere near there yet.
At least the stigma of men versus
women is disappearing and that helps.
You can't fight nature: so if a mum has
had a baby, feels maternal and needs to
do the school pick-up sometimes - maybe
twice a week - employers have to allow
her to do that. Companies are making
presumptions about how their female
staff will manage, but they don't know
about the partner or childcare situation.
Bosses need to be much more flexible
because, if you go with nature, you are
going to get the happiest, most productive
and driven mum because you are allowing
her to be who she wants to be. You are
allowing her to be that dynamic, focussed,
intelligent individual - which doesn't
change just because she's had a baby.
But the problem remains that, though
women are allowed back into the workplace,
they are not getting senior jobs. They are
still not being promoted to the board.
On the FTSE board there are women
listed, but it's nonsense. These are often
part-time, non-executive roles and it is
just ticking boxes on a lot of occasions.
Some of the larger organisations are
genuinely promoting women, which I
welcome, but I would like to see more in
very senior positions. And it has been

Did you plan your career?
To a large extent I did, although my first
job at Planet Hollywood happened by
chance when I was at university. It was the
first Planet Hollywood in Europe - in the
Champs-Élysées - and I was put forward
because I spoke fluent French. My next job move to
Pizza Express looking at international development
was very planned. I targeted them, phoning and
asking if I could come in for a chat. Since then, every
job I've gone for I've set up a phone call to the right
person to make it happen.
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