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Greggs boss ‘honoured’ by OBE for promoting equality

Greggs boss ‘honoured’ by OBE for promoting equality

first_imgGreggs chief executive Roger Whiteside has said he is “delighted and honoured” after receiving an OBE in recognition of his services to women and equality.Whiteside was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List. The order rewards contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service.In 2016, Whiteside joined the Women’s Business Council, which was set up in 2012 by Theresa May to help tackle barriers to women’s progression. Three women hold non-exec posts on Greggs’ eight-strong main board:Allison Kirkby: President and CEO of European telecoms company Tele 2, Kirkby has held roles at businesses including Procter and Gamble, Virgin Media and Shine.Helena Ganczakowski: Worked for Unilever for 23 years and held senior positions in brand management and marketing. Has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.Sandra Turner: Was commercial director for Tesco Ireland, and has worked in sales and marketing roles for Unilever and Wilkinson Sword.Greggs said Whiteside believed gender equality should be a priority for all businesses to ensure they maximised and nurtured in-house talent.The company operates a Female Career Development Programme to encourage women to pursue a progressive career.“I am proud to play my part, alongside a great team of people both at Greggs and through the Women’s Business Council, to promote equality of opportunity and progression for women in the workplace,” said Whiteside. “It is not just the right thing to do, but makes good business sense and contributes to our economic growth and development.“Our board continues to believe it is in the best interests of the company to bring women through to the very top of the organisation. We are proud of the fact that almost half of our management population are female, with growing representation at our highest executive levels.”Greggs this week raised its profit expectations from £86m to £88m.last_img read more

5 tools to get your budget in order

5 tools to get your budget in order

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s time to confront your past spending — and make good on your vows to get your money organized. Budget is not a dirty word. And it’s important to remember that it is a verb as well as a noun — it doesn’t happen without your active participation!Here are a few ways to get started on yours. Notwithstanding the terrific computer programs and apps described below, you might want to start with traditional paper and pencil.1. “The Budget Kit: The Common Cents Money Management Workbook” by Judy Lawrence (Kaplan, $19.99). Yes, I’m starting with a paperback budgeting book (also available on Kindle), now in its sixth edition, and one that I have consistently recommended over the past 20 years. (In fact, I was both surprised and delighted to see my earlier endorsement on the front cover of the new edition!) For some people, there is no substitute for seeing money issues in black and white. This is not just a fill-in-the-blanks book to track your spending. It adds helpful advice and resources (including online references) to guide you through the process, whether you live on a regular paycheck or have variable income and ongoing expenses. continue reading »last_img read more