Kimberley Campbell

Kimberley Campbell FCIPS

Head of Supply Chain

Carrs Billington Agriculture (Sales) Ltd.

What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a woman in business to date?

I have been lucky in my career that I haven’t really faced a “challenge” as a woman compared to some of the stories shared by my peers and friends who have struggled to climb the career ladder, feeling they have been limited due to their gender.  During my career I had to work harder than male colleagues to have the same recognition and it has, at times, taken longer to build rapport and credibility with senior / executive level males.  But I have turned that into a positive and this has been one of my main drivers in the success of my career.

Who has inspired you (male or female)?

I have met and had influence from a lot of different inspirational people, male and female.  During my Procurement career I have had a lot of inspiration from male leaders and if it weren’t for their leadership, support, coaching and mentoring then I wouldn’t have had the drive and ambition that I do.

What do you wish you had known when you started out and/ or what advice would you give your younger self?

My advice would be to find a mentor, someone who can really help bring out the best in you and your own self-belief.  Mentoring is a great way of achieving your career goals, find a mentor who is suited to you that will have open honest conversations and that will provide constructive feedback so you can grow and learn.

Having self-awareness so I could understand what was making me feel fear or anxious in situations, being self-aware really helps in understanding how to deal with your feelings and emotions in lot of different situations. 

What are the character traits of successful women and/ or what do you think makes a good leader?

There as so many I could mention, empathy, humility, persuasiveness, entrepreneurial spirit, resilience and strength, someone who creates an environment that breads empowerment and allows their team to really flourish, adaptability, someone who knows how to ask and to listen, really listen.  Oh and optimism!   Especially after the year we have just had…

Do you have a favourite quote or statement that sums up your approach to life?

You are your worst critic, be kind to you and believe in you!

What do you #ChooseToChallenge?

From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.

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