International Women's Day is celebrated on 8th March every year and celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Meet some of the Female Staff at Bryn Meadows
We'd love to feature them all, but unfortunately there are too many to mention! Working across all of our departments we women working with us as Chef's, Housekeeping, Personal Trainers, Spa Therapists, Finance Manager, Receptionist, Waitresses and Serving Staff and Golfers...
Katy Edwards - PGA Professional Golfer
We are very proud to have Katy Edwards as part of our golf team. As a professional golfer, she is very keen to get more women into the game and to help break down the stereotypes that surround the sport. Katy has many fantastic accreditations to her name - she was the first lady to tee off in the WPGA Lombard Trophy and even had a hole in one.
Chelsey Bazzard - Spa Reception Manager
Chelsey (pictured left) has been a member of Fusion Spa for nearly 3 years, but in the spring of 2017 was promoted. As a senior member of staff Chelsey is actively involved with driving the business forward, maximising all five treatment room’s usage and the manicure and pedicure station. She leads a team of eight beauty therapists and is key to monitoring standards and expectations of the team, and is responsible for training all new members. She is highly respected by her team, as well as all of the teams at the resort demonstrated with her eagerness to learn and her drive to succeed. This was shown by being shortlisted as ‘Employee of the Year’ at the annual Business Growth Awards 2018.
The Sales Team
Kimberley Heath - Reservations & Groups Co-ordinator: Kimberley manages guest overnight stays at the resort. Typically our stays consist of corporate guests and weekends for spa breaks ranging from couples needing to get away to larger groups including hen and birthday celebrations. Another big part of her role is booking golf breaks and coach and travel groups. She is a character and often leaves the team bewildered by her unique sayings, or rolling with laughter.
Cerys John - Sales and Marketing Manager: Leading the team, Cerys has a key role at the resort ensuring all heads of departments meet their monthly targets. Externally she is the main contact for crucial partnerships and relationships, as well as suppliers and contractors. Cerys has been instrumental over the last 6 years in developing the business and driving awareness of our high standards.
Katrina Rohman - Assistant Sales and Marketing Manager: As well as supporting Cerys, Katrina spends time out of the office developing and promoting the business by attending networking events and business exhibitions. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Visit Caerphilly which looks to support and promote tourism in the area. When in the office, time is spent on public and media relations, alongside updating our website and social media.
Kristyna Furtek - Sales Co-ordiantor: Working part time alongside studying for a Masters Degree in Event Management, Kristyna is key support for all members of the team, taking overflow phone calls, conducting conference, event and wedding show arounds and marketing support.
Catherine Gale - Wedding and Events Co-ordinator: as well as being our resident Mary Berry and keeping the sales team well fed, Catherine assists over 80 couples every year with the planning of their wedding day using her calm persona during the (for some) stressful process. She also helps businesses book meeting and conferences, as well as groups for baby showers, birthday and bridal parties.
The team attending the opening of the brand new Fairway Suite (L-R, Kimberley, Cerys, Katrina, Kristyna and Catherine)
Angela Davies - Front of House Manager
A well loved and prominent member of staff (pictured right), Angela has worked at the resort for over 10 years. She is usually the first member of staff you meet when entering the resort - and she'll remember you too, especially if your from Gorseinon!
Lauren Gamlin - Restaurant Manager
Another long standing member of staff, Lauren has worked at the resort for 9 years. The phrase 'working your way up from the bottom' certainly applies to her starting as serving staff at our events before moving over to Blas Restaurant, becoming a supervisor. She is highly respected by her team, as well as all of the teams at the resort demonstrated with her eagerness to learn and her drive to succeed.
Kirsty Whyatt - Duty Manager
Kirsty is a another member of the team who has worked at the resort for sometime. Undertaking several positions at the resort including Receptionist, Reservations and Operations, she has a fantastic understanding of guest needs and how the resort is run. Now Kirsty, as a Duty Manager, can be managing events across all of our meeting rooms which could be up to 750 people. She also has a fantastic sense of humour and will often have the staff in fits of giggles.
L-R - Lauren and Kirsty
Abigail Leach - Personal Trainer
Abi can always be found in Fusion Wellness Leisure Club and is our only female trainer. Nicknamed the 'Smiling Assassin', she can always be found with a smile on her face however she will push you to your limits. Everyone is in awe of her stamina and strength including being able to squat with Adam on her back, whilst wearing heels (he's the 6 foot 4 gentle giant pictured on the right).
How did International Women's Day begin?
The annual event was first noted in 1909 held in New York. The following year in 1910 the International Women's Conference suggested that going forward that the 8 March would become International Women's Day as a strategy to promote equal rights.
In London there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women's suffrage in 1914. The now noted Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested in front of Charing Cross Station on her way to speak in Trafalgar Square.
In 1917 women gain suffrage (the right to vote in political elections) in Russia and it became a national holiday there. It has been celebrated by the communists in China from 1922, and in 1949 the state council made the date an official holiday with the women in China given a half day off work.
In 1975 the date was adopted by the United Nations.
The Gender Gap Debate
This years campaign is focused on progressing gender parity. Using the hashtag #PressforProgress to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
The debate has been very prominent in the press over the last few months, and UK companies with more than 250 employees must publish their gender pay gap data by April 2018. This means 9,000 firms will have to calculate their pay gap and publish it on a government website. According to the Office of National Statistics men earned 18.4% more than women in April 2017, across the UK.
However the pay gap and equal pay is not the same thing. Equal pay is that men and women doing the same job should be paid the same, which has been a legal requirement for 47 years. A company might have a gender pay gap if a majority of men are in top jobs, despite paying male and female employees the same amount for similar jobs.
How to Celebrate International Women's Day
The day is celebrated and supported globally by industry, governments, educational institutions, community groups, professional associations, women's networks, charities and non-profit bodies, the media and more.
Collectively every person and all groups can make a difference within their sphere of influence by taking concrete action to help drive gender parity. From small powerful grassroots gatherings to large scale conference and event audiences - International Women's Day Day is celebrated everywhere. It's a big day for inspiration and change.