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The inspirational women of Virgin Atlantic

By: Megan Buck

March 7, 2021

Every year, at Virgin Atlantic we mark International Women’s Day (IWD) and International Women of Aviation Week by celebrating some of the many inspirational women working in our airline, who in turn inspire and motivate their teams to be the best they can be. We asked them about their roles, the secrets of their success, how they’ve coped in the pandemic, and their thoughts on how women’s equality is progressing.

We’re also marking International Women’s Day this year by naming two of our new Airbus A350 aircraft in honour of two iconic women. G-VLIB, ‘Lady Emmeline’ will pay homage to the founder of the suffragette movement and women’s rights activist, Emmeline Pankhurst. And G-VEVE will be named ‘Fearless Lady’ in celebration of Eve Branson, Richard’s mum, who sadly passed away in January.

International Women’s Day occurs on the 8th March and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. By coincidence, the 8th of March is also the day, in 1910, when Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to be issued with a pilots license. This is celebrated every year by International Women of Aviation Week.

Siobhan Fitzpatrick – Chief Digital and Marketing Officer

Siobhan is our Chief Digital and Marketing Officer who leads all our marketing and digital activity along with our loyalty and customer journey teams.

Read Siobhan’s full profile here

Alice Goodwin – Engineering Graduate

Hear from the next generation of female engineers, as Alice talks us through her career journey so far, hopes to inspire other young students in STEM subjects, and how she’s kept busy during furlough.

View Alice’s full profile here

Tania Boyes – Head of Cargo Operations

Our cargo team have had quite a year. Find out what it was like to start 12 new routes and operate cargo only flights for the first time.

Read Tania’s full profile here

Carly Navin – Cabin Crew

Read about Carly’s work as a mental first aider and find out how she’s been getting on during lockdown while expecting her first child.

View Carly’s full profile here

Kate Leigh – Senior Manager – Alliances & Partnerships

Discover how Kate leads our alliances and partnerships team, how she survived a really tough lockdown and how she combines her love of sailing and commitment to charity work

Read Kate’s full profile here

Teju Aremu – Manager – US Marketing Manager

Learn about life in our US marketing team, getting married in lockdown and an impressive travel list.

View Teju’s full profile here

Amy So – Duty Manager, Hong Kong

Amy is a true Virgin Atlantic legend. Find out about her fascinating career at Hong Kong airport and how it was affected by the pandemic.

Read Amy’s full profile here

Eve Branson – Richard’s mum

To round up the week we have a tribute to a very special lady who holds a place in the hearts of everyone at Virgin Atlantic. Be sure to pop by because there will be a very special announcement on this day.

Read our tribute to Eve here


 

International Women of Aviation Week marks the day, in 1910, when Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to be issued with a pilots license. Read her story here

Megan Buck

Megan Buck

Megan is a travel-obsessed foodie who looks to soak up the local cuisine, culture and cocktails in the countries she visits. When not on her travels, she takes up the role of Channels and Social Manager at Virgin Atlantic, passionate about storytelling across all areas of the airline.

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