Charley Gardiner, Brand Manager at Sytner Slough, answers our Women in Business questions.
How long have you worked for Sytner BMW/MINI? I have worked at Sytner Slough for 8.5 years
How long have you been in your current role? I have been in my current role for 10 Months
What is your favourite part about your current role? The most enjoyable part of my role is helping Sales Execs with no previous experience become Star performers.
What motivates you in the morning? Simple – selling cars and trying to move up the league tables.
Three words to describe yourself? Passionate, Organised and Dedicated.
What is your greatest achievement? I was part of the Sytner Slough team that did a charity Skydive, which is a massive achievement because I am scared of heights!
What advice would you give to someone aspiring to be in your role? Work hard, do your best, take every opportunity that comes your way but to also take your time, it is better to get to the next step when it is right for you.
How have you seen the Automotive industry landscape change and evolve to engage more women? I was born when Margeret Thatcher ran the country and we have our queen and I had a strong female influence at home so I have always believed that women are equal to men. I came to realise that some men and women didn’t have the same belief that I do so I needed to work hard and be the best person for the job. I am now proud to work in an industry where my peers are male and female who have all earnt their places. Since starting in the motor trade as a BMW Apprentice Technician in 1991, I was one of the only women in the business and the only woman who was not an administrator or receptionist, I have seen a lot of changes and inclusivity. Since taking a position of management and authority I am now in a position where I recruit new members to the team and I use my beliefs to influence a level playing ground so the right person is employed on his or her own merit.
Top tip for how you organise your days? Write a list, be organised and if it can be done now – just do it.
Top tip for working in the automotive industry? Be strong, it isn’t an easy industry to work in.