Annie proves you can have family and career

Women in Business.Annie Rickard at Caswell Park near Towcester.'110816M-B055
Women in Business.Annie Rickard at Caswell Park near Towcester.'110816M-B055

A WOMAN from Silverstone is proving you can have it all as she manages three jobs and several volunteering roles on top of a family home and two children.

Annie Rickard, 47, recently received the news that her probation period as a sales and marketing manager at Caswell Science and Technology Park had come to an end after she started in May. Not surprising as she has already helped the park secure three new tenants and renewed the tenancies of several others.

But on top of the 20 hours a week she spends making the high technology businesses of Caswell Park feel at home Mrs Rickard is also the transport manager for her family’s international haulage firm, Rickard Brothers Transport based in Silverstone, and uses her 23 years experience as a market professional to run her own consultancy.

When she is not being paid for her time Mrs Rickard helps the Friends of Silverstone Primary School make the most of the F1 Grand Prix. Fundraising over this year’s race weekend pulled in £12,000 for books, play equipment and computers. Mrs Rickard is also the secretary of the Towcester Business Club and part of the editorial team for the Silverstone News and Views.

When her lorry driving husband Paul is away she uses the post bedtime lull to work and said time management was key.

She added: “The three things you need to do what I do are self motivation, passion for what you do and discipline. You have to be able to manage the 24 hours in a day, you need to sleep for some of it.”

Mrs Rickard said with more women than ever in industries like haulage society has moved on from old fashioned ideas of gender, She said: “I think we are very much beyond that now. You can sit down and take offence or you can work around it and understand how others work to earn respect.”