On the day that a woman became the British Prime Minister for only the second time, it felt somewhat appropriate that Jane Galvin, Barclays’ Managing Director for the Eastern region, was speaking to us about “Taking control of your own environment”.

After a work experience stint with Barclays at the age of 15, Jane then joined the bank straight from school and has never looked back, having now been with Barclays for 31 years. During that time, she has had a number of different roles and tackled many different issues – one of her most proud achievements seeing the introduction of dynamic (flexible) working across the business, after a number of years of campaigning on the issue.

Jane was open about some of the challenges she’s faced in her personal and professional life and shared with us many of the lessons she’s learned as a result. These included:

  • If you don’t like something, tell someone who can change things
  • Don’t assume people know what you want – they won’t!
  • The value of having a mentor within the business
  • The importance of always having people you can talk to
  • The value of having a plan and the importance of revisiting it periodically

Jane was hugely inspirational and encouraged all of us to take control of our own destinies, because if we can’t do it, no one else will.