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Inspirational Women Interview: Gillian Shaw

Name:- Gill Shaw

Job title:- Solicitor with Harper Macleod LLP in Inverness Tell us a bit about your role:- I specialise in employment law and discrimination.  Day to day, I get involved in anything related to the employment relationship - drafting contracts and policies; advising on work-related issues including recruitment, business transfers, redundancy, discipline and grievance; assisting to resolve workplace disputes; and representing clients in employment tribunals when working relationships break down.

Relationship to W@W e.g. Advisory group member, Network work member:- I chair the Advisory Group Committee of W@W, and have been a speaker at Network events and a Network member for many years. Hobby:- Reading and playing guitar.  

  1. What would you tell your 16 year old self?
That it's ok to be different.   

2.  What was your first Job?
  Delivering free newspapers, when I was 15.  I was paid 1p per paper and it took a LONG time to save up for the Dr Marten boots I wanted so badly!  
3.  What Woman/Women have inspired you?
  My beautiful wife inspires me every day to be the best person I can be.  

4.  What one change do you believe would make the biggest difference to the life of women?
  Maya Angelou wrote a wonderful poem called 'Phenomenal Woman'.  I believe that if more women realised how phenomenal they are, that would make a huge difference to the life of women .... and everyone else!   

5.  Who would be your ideal dinner guests?
  Those who would bring along an instrument for an impromptu traditional music session after dinner.    

6.  What is the best advice you have been given?
  That, when things get tough, all you have to do is handle whatever's happening in any given moment.  And you'll always be able to do that.  So you'll get through it.  

7.  Favourite holiday spot?
  The campsite in Findhorn - for brunch in the Bakehouse; long walks on the beach with the dog; and cosy evenings in the pub, in front of the fire.     


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