To mark International Women’s Day we spoke to our Senior Garage Manager in Leicester, Sarah Horne!Article
Sarah Horne is the senior garage manager at our Leicester site, managing a team of eight people. Not only is she the first woman to hold this role, she has also been the first to hold a number of jobs within our business over the years, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry.
Q: How did you get into your current role?
A: I’ve worked my way up through the business. I joined in 2007 as an administration assistant which was a stop-gap (I’d taken a career break to do a degree in physiotherapy), but quickly became a maintenance controller. I was then promoted to maintenance manager and before long I was running the entire Wales and West Midlands network of 80 employees and 10 garages.
Q: What attracted you to working in the automotive business?
A: It began in my childhood – both my dad and older brother ran their own haulage businesses so I would spend my summers in the lorries with them. I loved playing ‘Spot the Scania’ when we were out on the road and I also helped my brother repair old cars. After I left school I completed a vehicle engineering course and also gained my CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) which allows me to work as a transport manager. It was always a dream to work in the business – and I’ve realised that dream.
Q: What are the best bits of your job?
A: Every day is different – we go from dealing with the weird and wonderful to the run of the mill; I love the variety. There’s also a challenging side in terms of learning to use the new technology. I’m also really lucky that I have a really great team to work with, not just in Leicester but within the wider Rivus business.
Q: How does it make you feel to be the first female to hold a number of roles in the business?
A: I don’t generally think about it because it’s just normal to me. I’ve been doing it for so long. But when I do stop and think, it makes me feel proud – and I know my late dad would be proud too. I’ve worked hard to get where I am, but I’ve also been lucky to work with some amazing managers over the years. Two of them were women and they were inspirational to me.
Q: Would you encourage other females to explore a career in the business?
A: Absolutely! If you’re passionate about the business, as I am, then go for it – and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it!
Q: What are your future plans – which jobs do you have your eye on?
A: I quite fancy being a regional garage manager, and then after that maybe having a go at a director role – I don’t see any reason why I can’t do it.