Celia Tennant.

Chief Executive, Inspiring Scotland

Celia Tennant

Celia spent 20 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry with Pfizer and as a senior leader developed a breadth of experience across many areas.

She is a non-executive Director of Winning Scotland Foundation.

Celia has always focused on people and the team and was recognised as the IOD Scotland Director of the year for 2015 for Family friendly and Flexible working policies.

Celia loves the great outdoors and enjoys pushing herself to new limits through multi-sport and endurance events. She also relishes time spent with family and friends.

How did you become interested in the area of family friendly working?

It started as a young-ish manager at a large Pharmaceutical company where I had a fantastic team, 60% of whom were mums with young children. When we introduced four flexible contracts in the 1990’s there was a stampede and it became very clear there was huge value of giving people the opportunity to balance life and family with work. Since then I have been keen to ensure that good people have the best opportunity to thrive in work and in their private lives. For some this is helped enormously by creating the opportunity for flexible working.

As an employer, Inspiring Scotland champions flexible working for all, not just for parents. It helps us attract excellent people and by supporting their needs the business benefits, through increasing the motivation, engagement and productivity of our team.

What three words best describe you?

Enthusiastic, energetic and driven