Home Worker Award Shortlisted Winners

Helen O' Grady Shortlisted Winners

In association with  Remote Worker Awards in association with BT Business

Remote Employment and BT Business are delighted to announce the short listed winners in The Home Worker Award. The Home Worker Award appealed to hundreds of people who work from home across the country.

Winning Ceremony
The Remote Worker Awards will culminate in a winning ceremony at the stunning
Cliveden House in Berkshire on 10th September, where the shortlisted winners will find out if they ahve won this superb prize that will change their working life!

Short Listed Winners
These freelancers are the best entrants who demonstrated how their remote and home working solutions benefit both their company and their clients. They are now in the running to win a range of fantastic prizes!

Karen Reyburn
Works for RAN ONE Europe 
From Airdrie, North Lanarkshire
Karen entered this award because she manages the European division of a global organisation entirelyKaren Reyburn is in the running for The Home Worker Award from home, as the Client Services Director.

Karen had to overcome personal health challenges and being able to consistently and reliably run and organise this region’s activities entirely from home is a great achievement.  She is proud of what she have done for Ran One, essentially enabling them to continue having a European office because of her home working situation.

Her motivation for entering this award was to help others see that life doesn’t have to revolve around a job location – you can achieve just as much, if not more,  no matter where your office is located. 

Karen said: “I’m so pleased to have been shortlisted – I’ve always been thankful for the opportunity to work from home, and this award would be a wonderful reminder of how much can be achieved no matter where your office is!”

Holly Seddon
Works for FreshNetworks 
From Sevenoaks, Kent
Holly Seddon entered this award as she hoped it would highlight that working mums can continue to enjoy a challenging and exciting career, rather than be faced with the traditional and sometimes financially devastating ‘off ramp’ to grow their families, or the tough decision to put children in full-time childcare to cover commuting and working time.
Holly is in the running for The Home Worker Award
Holly is Head of Community Management at FreshNetworks, and manages a busy team almost entirely from home. Working for a progressive company that uses social media and online tools to deliver results for clients, also allows her to use those tools to work effectively and stay thoroughly involved with the business.

She said: “I’m delighted to have been shortlisted for this award. I really believe that flexible working opportunities can allow working parents to continue a valuable, challenging and enjoyable career without having such heart-renching decisions over childcare and work-life balance.

I hope companies out there can see that embracing home workers, and supporting flexible working for mums and dads, can help them tap into a wider pool of talent.”

Petra Menzi
From South Lanarkshire
Petra worked in the private sector in middle management for many years and was given the opportunityPetra is in the running for The Freelance Consultant Award from the last employer to work from home. She chose this opportunity as this gives her more valuable time to be around the children at home. Since then she became self-employed 2 years ago as she wanted more flexibility and also a salary which reflects the efforts done and inputs given into the job.

Now she works with many freelancers around the globe, she has got a worldwide reliable clientele and a very good reputation on the market. She would love to have more office space and be able to employ at least one staff member and also have an apprentice.

She said: "I am very pleased to be a shortlisted candidate - I am very glad that my work pays off and is recognised!"

Mhairi Gordon 
Works for Volunteering EnglandMhairi is in the running for The Home Worker Award
From London
Mhairi has worked from home for three different charities over the past eight years and although she's not a techy, in each case communication technology facilitated the best of both worlds:
communicating with colleagues and accessing files as if she were on-site, but with the peaceful atmosphere of a home office enabling her to work faster and to make confidential calls.

This combination of communication technology and long-term homeworking makes Mhairi an ideal candidate for the homeworker award.

Mhairi said: "Being shortlisted for such a prestigious award has boosted my confidence and is a great way to differentiate my CV, especially in these testing times.

Debbie Bird
Works for Babyworld
From Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Debbie has worked in the parenting and nursery industry for over 5 years now editing parenting advice websites. As the current Editor of Babyworld.co.uk her position has enabled her an insight into how many new parents, especially women, manage the life changing event of starting a family. Debbie is in the running for the Home Worker Award

Without a doubt one of the most common topics of conversation within the forums focuses on what sort of work new parents can do from home so that they can balance raising a family, maintaining an existing career or starting a new one.

As the Editor, Debbie has been in a privileged position to provide advice and support to new parents and aims to provide an informative website and forum for members to chat and share with each other their ideas about working from home, how they can balance family life with a career and the positive and sometimes negative benefits of working from home, part time or full time.

Debbie has managed to find the perfect position for her, as working from home allows her to raise her two children and be a part of their daily routine and maintain her career.

Debbie said: “I am thrilled and very surprised to have been shortlisted for this award. I was a person that really thought that working from home would not suit me, but have discovered a host of new skills about myself. To be recognised with an award would just be the icing on the cake for me and I would hope that this achievement will inspire other mums to believe in themselves and realise their own full potential, because if I can do it anyone can.”

Kathryn Annear
Works for Cornwall Council 
From St Dennis, Cornwall

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