Strutt and Parker Es­tate Agents Head of Suf­folk Sales

HAN­NAH COOPER

EADT Suffolk - - Women In Business -

How did you choose your cur­rent ca­reer? Af­ter leav­ing Univer­sity and mov­ing to Lon­don in my early twen­ties, I en­tered into the world of Es­tate Agency af­ter a chance meet­ing with a part­ner of Lords Es­tate Agency. My love of prop­erty and nat­u­rally chatty per­sona en­abled me to find the right role from a rel­a­tively early age and af­ter nearly twenty years, I still thor­oughly love what I do; be­ing able to visit beau­ti­ful homes and of­fer good ad­vice to clients is ex­cep­tion­ally re­ward­ing and I could not imag­ine do­ing any­thing else! In your work­ing life­time, how do you per­ceive things have changed for women? Within my in­dus­try, I am proud to say that we are see­ing more fe­male lead­ers and man­agers. As a wife and mother, it is dif­fi­cult to get the right bal­ance but I feel it is pos­si­ble with a sup­port­ive fam­ily and a com­pany who recog­nises what women bring to the work­place. Al­though there are still some dis­crep­an­cies in terms of equal op­por­tu­ni­ties, things have come on a long way dur­ing my work­ing life­time. Who in­spires you most, per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally? I grew up on a farm, which from a young age in­stalled the im­por­tance of hard work; I saw how hard my par­ents worked. As I got older, my par­ents en­cour­aged me to travel and never shy away from any op­por­tu­nity. Pro­fes­sion­ally, I have an amaz­ing sup­port team at S&P, in par­tic­u­lar a col­league, Tim Fa­gan, who is al­ways on hand to of­fer his guid­ance. 11 Mu­seum Street IP1 1HH Ip­swich Tel: 01473 220444 www.strut­tand­parker.com

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