Working mums have taken Pitman Training’s International SuperAchievers Awards by storm, with two independent entrepreneurs announced as category winners of ‘Working Mum of the Year’ and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, heralding success across the awards for working parents nationwide.
Business mum of two, Charlotte Wibberley, who took her career to launching a Virtual Assistant business and pioneering support for other mums with work life balance, has been crowned Working Mum of the Year in Pitman Training’s International SuperAchievers Awards. Charlotte is joined in her success by mum of two, Emily Williamson, who has been announced as Entrepreneur of the Year, recognised for her business acumen as babywearing expert, consultant, and MD of Izmi – specialists in innovative baby carriers.
This year the awards called for employers, colleagues and friends input into selecting the nation’s SuperAchievers for 2017, an approach that saw Pitman Training hand power to the public to play the role of the judge. Charlotte Wibberley, Online Business Manager, CEO and Co-Founder of VIA VA, harnessed the most support from the public vote, and that alongside high judges scores secured her victory.
Charlotte established her own VA coach and online strategist business after looking at a way to balance family life with a career that would utilise the experience gained in a position she’d held for 12 years working as a corporate EA.
Establishing a new business with such a young family has not been easy but with the support of her husband and extended family Charlotte has learnt to juggle her passion for her business, with her love of family life. Charlotte is now welcoming each and every opportunity her business is bringing. She states that finding a happy equilibrium has been one of her biggest successes.
When asked what role she intends to play after winning the accolade of ‘Working Mum of the Year, she said – “I am on a mission to support other mums like me in creating a lifestyle that means they don’t have to compromise or ‘miss out’ in either their career or in their roles as mothers. I believe that I am a champion for working mums across the UK and I would like to be able to reach out to more and share my experience, to be able to hopefully inspire them to think ‘I can do it too!’”
Emily Williamson is the proud winner of “Entrepreneur of the Year’. After attending multiple courses to position herself as an expert in her field, Emily founded the South London Sling Library in 2011. She now employs other enthusiastic mums to help grow the business. Through the knowledge learnt and her experience Emily sought to develop and manufacture her own carrier and bring it to market. She recognised her limitations in launching a new product but with her connections made through her consultancy and training she was able to link up with a national distributor of baby products who have supported her vision and gone into partnership to develop and launch the Izmi brand.
Aside from managing her busy professional and family life Emily has faced personal challenges. She has struggled with her own mental health issues, her son has ADHD and dyslexia and she separated from her husband. When you combine all these factors together; managing family life, offering her consultancy services and launching a new product to market, Emily’s dedication and determination to succeed are inspirational.