Nikki Humphrey SVP People, Virgin Atlantic

Role: My job is great – I lead the People team and ensure we are doing everything possible to put our people at the heart of our business, so they feel engaged, motivated in their role, and can be at their best.

What is the secret of your success? Keep putting yourself in others’ shoes.

What women have inspired you? Professionally, I’ve been lucky to work for two great women during my career who have been open about their experiences and career journeys, and also encouraging of me and my career. On a personal front, my grandmother was a lady who demonstrated strength, resilience and determination which I admired, and I’ve probably inherited some of her genes!

How do you think women’s equality has evolved and what needs to happen next? It’s been a slow journey and given my age and generation, it should have been cracked by now however there is still more work to do. To keep it simple, there are two things to be done – firstly, raise awareness through conversation about the issue, and secondly, everyone, both men and women, have a part to play, from mentoring aspiring women, to encouraging your daughter at school to follow their ambition, to taking just one action to make a difference.

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