International Women’s Day 2018 – Meet Some of the Women Behind Our Success

At Ryder & Dutton, we are incredibly proud to be apart of celebrating International Women’s Day 2018. We have always had a firm belief system in place and we are a very strong advocate of gender equality and equal opportunities within the work place.

It is with this in mind that we have spoken to some of the women behind our success, to find out a bit more about them, as well as more on being a successful business woman in the modern day landscape.

Leanne Randall, Manager, Colne Valley Office

“My name is Leanne Randall and I have worked for Ryder and Dutton as Branch Manager for 6 months. I have worked in managerial positions in both Estate Agency and Banking for around 8 years.

Over that time I have noticed how the workplace has become more diverse and I have seen how more women have taken senior positions. I believe this brings diverse leadership a more balanced outlook to any management team.  In order to be successful in the workplace you need to be ambitious, determined, innovative, strong willed and have supporting mentors around you.”

Stephanie Hill, Manager, Halifax Office

“My name is Stephanie Hill and I am branch manager of our Halifax office. I first worked for Ryder and Dutton when I was 16 before studying European and International Law at University. I worked at various times in our branch support team, lettings department and Mossley office before relocating to the South of England for a spell. During this time I worked for another estate agent as well as a large corporate agent within their compliance and legal services department. I returned to Ryder and Dutton nearly 2 years ago and have worked in our Huddersfield and Halifax offices since.

Obviously gender equality is very much in the news at the moment. At Ryder and Dutton I do feel there is equity in the work place and women are recognised just as much as men with many female members of staff in senior roles. I certainly think that being a female valuer can help dispel the ‘typical’ image of an estate agent.
I strongly believe that it is essential to be organised and prompt in order to be successful. You need to pay attention to the basics and paperwork to build a strong foundation for any future work.” 

Christine Smith, Associate Director, Land & New Homes

“My name is Christine Smith and I am an Associate Director at Ryder & Dutton. I first joined the company in 2004 after 20 years in a sales and marketing role working for a business development organisation. My first appointment at Ryder & Dutton was as Sales Manager in the New Homes Department and after 2 years I progressed to Head of department before becoming an Associate Director in 2007. 

During my years at Ryder & Dutton I have gained considerable knowledge and experience in the new build market working closely with builders and developers helping to deliver multi million pounds schemes to the market.

Working in a predominantly male dominated environment can be tough  but this have not deterred me from developing a successful career within the company and I have gained the trust and respect of 100s of builders and developer clients over the years.”