Since graduating with an MA from the University of Glasgow, Lesley has gained 25 years experience in the UK’s biggest communications companies and then directed her skills into freelance initiatives.
Lesley’s diverse experience has led to a thoroughly well rounded experience of all aspects of a businesses product life cycle and optimising each stage. From new product development, process improvement, delivering better customer service and risk management, to product withdrawal and replacement. Often sought after to run specific projects and taskforces she has negotiated outsources with TUPE transfers and contract novations as well as achieving profit improvement initiatives. During this time Lesley was also selected for trouble-shooting assignments and to assist with cultural and organisational change: organising conferences, designing and delivering training, providing individual coaching and recommending on technology adoption programs.
Key to success in these areas was Lesley’s ability to engage dispirit parties and ensure stakeholder support at all levels.
From product management and business development Lesley moved into sales and bid focused roles to secure some of the largest wins of telecommunications and mobile contracts at that time with a blend of gravitas, people focus and genuine friendliness. She has delivered bids and tenders, acquisition sales and as an Account Director for NHS Scotland.
Lesley has worked with clients in finance, utilities, retail, technology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, professional services, logistics and public sector in the UK. She has also negotiated and delivered contracts in Europe and the USA so brings a wealth of knowledge about a wide variety of business types, crossover working practices and opportunity optimisation.
Lesley summarises her corporate experience as business process re-engineering with a heart. Both the people and the numbers matter and she loves finding solutions that work for both.
Alongside her corporate experience Lesley has set up and run two small businesses: one in specialist scuba training and the other in catering. She was specifically responsible for brand design and development, marketing and training delivery for the scuba business and is responsible for everything in the catering business!
Lesley moved back home to Scotland 8 years ago and alongside her corporate roles also free-lances as a chef and baker. She hasn’t lost her travel bug though provided it’s a hot climate and includes sailing or scuba diving.
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