Where did you start your career, did you always know what you wanted to do?
I started my career in Lagos, as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. No, I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I studied law because my then-boyfriend (now my husband) thought I would make a great lawyer!
What are the greatest challenges or frustrations you face as a woman at the top (if any)?
In previous roles the occasional expectation to ‘know your place’ and not having your views or opinions acknowledged.
Who is a woman who inspires you?
One that is determined and who is not defined by people’s judgments of her.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Being a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales practicing at the height of my in-house career and a parent to five incredible adult children who as doctors, solicitors and a VC investment associate, all of whom are making contributions to their communities.
What’s the riskiest move you’ve taken in business?
Leaving the financial services sector to move to BAE Systems, a multinational defence, security and aerospace company with a market cap of £20bn.
What 3 traits do you think are most important when running a successful business?
Focus, problem-solving skills / solutions-oriented and a huge dose of pragmatism.
What’s the best business advice you have ever received?
Any advice to future female leaders?
Be bold, speak up and use your voice even if it’s a lone voice. You are more impactful than you think when you do.