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Victoria Jary
13/03/2020

IWD2020 Showcase – Meet the Women of Origo

“We can’t change the past, we can only change the future”


These were the words spoken by Noel Butwell, Chief Executive of Standard Life Savings, at the Women in Pensions event organised by NextWealth and hosted by Standard Life on 4th March [2020]. And how true they are. Having a day like International Women’s Day in the calendar helps us to focus the mind on tender subjects like equality and inclusivity; and it demands that we ask more of ourselves and others – how can I ensure I respect others regardless of job title, age, gender or race? It sounds so simple, because frankly, it is. We all have a role to play and we all bring something to the culture in a workplace to make it what it is. 

Origo's International Women's Day 2020

This got us thinking, “can we do a little more to highlight the talented and skilled women of Origo?”. And as David Tiller, Standard Life, identified that “there’s no difference between championing talent and championing diversity” and that’s exactly what we are using International Women’s Day for this year. Championing our Women is championing all of us. So, we’d like to introduce you to some of the talented but lesser known faces of Origo. And to help you get to know them a little better we’ve asked them all a wee question about themselves.

Aruna Sheri

Aruna Sheri – Software Tester

Question = What advice would you give your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to take control of her future in her own hands and start trusting in her instincts to go for it. Always be humble and exude empathy to help build long lasting relationships which matter the most.

Debbie Deak

Debbie Deak- Campaign Manager

Question = What advice would you give your younger self? 

I feel I am much more confident in myself now than when I was younger it helps to not worry to what other people think about you, and be happy with yourself! Be proactive don’t be afraid to speak up when you have something important to say. 

Helen McCurrach

Helen McCurrach – Digital Marketing Manager

Question = Who is your biggest inspiration and why? 

My Grandma (my mum’s mum). She was an incredibly resilient, strong woman who’d stayed positive, even when times were tough. My Grandma upheld traditional values, which I loved, but I was most inspired by her when she allowed her opinions to ‘move with the times’. 

My Grandma taught me to: be strong, confident, caring, make choices that will make me happy, and always have a laugh! 

Justine Pattullo

Justine Pattullo – Head of Marketing and PR

Question = What advice would you give your younger self?

I have a photo of me at my 7th birthday – it’s strategically placed so I can see it every morning. That photo is my reminder that in spite of “growing up” and the challenges faced, that I can still be open, curious, fun, determined and true to myself. So my advice would be, “don’t change, push on”. I hope the younger generation and my 7 year-old self approves.

Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes – Business Analyst

Question = What advice would you give your younger self?

I think the one thing that I’d say to my younger self would be “If you really want something then just go for it, don’t wait for the ideal moment as it may never come. And don’t think that the way things are right now is how it always has to be – if we all keep pushing then we can change the world for the better.

Kate Smith

Kate Smith – Software Tester

Question = Who is your biggest inspiration and why? 

My biggest inspiration would be my sister in law, Natalia. She works in the technical field of laser manufacturing leading a team in product development. I admire her confidence and leadership skills which seem to come naturally, as well as her technical skills which she has gained through her dedication and hardworking attitude. This has led her to be very accomplished in her field having gained a PhD in physics and having several patents to her name.

Victoria Jary

Victoria Jary – Brand Manager

Question = Who is your biggest inspiration and why? 

My inspiration was my gran, Margaret. She was a force of nature. Unapologetic, determined yet incredibly sensitive to others. She owned numerous businesses literally paving the way for other women as business owners. She was a true pioneer and without her in my life I know I wouldn't be half the person I am today. She built me up, gave me confidence and heart. she encouraged me to always be open and always listen and learn from others. She was a great leader, an inspiration and above all, she was always kind.

Yanet Padron

Yanet Padron – Systems Engineer

Question = What advice would you give your younger self?

Engineering usually is categorised as a career just for men. As a Systems Engineer, I can reaffirm that this is not true, there is not a profession or career for men or woman we all have the same intellectual abilities to be whatever we want to be, that will be my words to my younger self and future generations, especially to my daughters.


We’re sure that you’ll be seeing more of these faces as time goes on. In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about them, or ask them a question simply click their name to go to their LinkedIn profile. 




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