#BeBoldForChange on International Women’s Day

By: Virgin Atlantic

March 8, 2017

Holly Butterfield

Holly Butterfield

Kerry Hector

Kerry Hector

International Women’s Day marks the achievements of women around the globe and has a history stretching back more than a century. With a worldwide focus on equality and celebration, it’s a powerful platform for unifying efforts towards gender parity. This years’ theme – #BeBoldForChange – encourages women to take groundbreaking action to drive the greatest change.

There’s much more over on and Instagram, with a mass celebration of brilliant women, including interviews with Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney, London-based fashion stylist Irene Agbontaen and entrepreneur and Guinness World Record holder Cassie De Pecol.

Here at Virgin Atlantic, to celebrate International Women’s Day we’ve rounded up some previous posts about our own inspiring women. All are set on achieving personal goals – whether career-oriented, sport-focused or on a mission to help other people.

  • Kicking things off is Holly Butterfield, an engineering technician who we featured last year in an article about National Women in Engineering Day. When we met her, Holly was working hard and covered in brake dust but took the time to tell us how she broke into a field typically dominated by men
  • Hayley Burton is another self-confessed aviation geek, whose drive and meticulous attention to detail helped land our 787 Dreamliner fleet in 2014, in her role as a Programme Planner.
Tracey Wheeler

Tracey Wheeler

  • Not someone to do things by half measures, cabin crew member Tracey Wheeler likes to set herself the odd challenge now and then. In 2015 she ran 20 half-marathons in Virgin Atlantic destinations around the globe, raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.
  • Project Manager Eva Doggett has launched some of our most exciting and glamorous innovations over recent years, including our Newark Clubhouse and our Vivienne Westwood-designed uniform.
  • Airport Operations team member and entrepreneur Kerry Hector had the inspiring vision of supporting literacy and strengthening community spirit through the power of film, setting up her MovieMobil mission in 2016; a dedicated movie bus designed to offer affordable and accessible cinema to young people.
Kerry with her housing association / GGT Solutions mentors

Kerry with her Virgin Start Up mentors

Visit and IWD to read more about International Women’s Day 2017, or find out more about life at Virgin Atlantic on our dedicated careers pages.

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