#IWD2021 Introducing Mella Worley
To mark International Women’s Day 2021, we have been celebrating the women we work with at Ai-London who are making their mark on the technology industry. We have been profiling each of them in their own words every day this week.
Today we introduce to you Mella Worley from our Finance Team.
Mella, can you tell us more about you and your background?
When I was a child, my parents had their own business in Ireland and I would often be eager to help them with the books. I think this is where my love of maths stemmed from! I began my career by studying Accountancy, which led to me working in a number of finance roles in both large and small businesses.
A highlight of my career was working as the Finance Manager for DHL in Abu Dhabi for six years, before returning to the UK and being given the role of Finance Manager for the technical arm of DHL – headquartered in San Francisco. This led to an 11 year career in an international firm and my interest in technical companies was born.
What was it that lead to you doing your current role?
I had previously worked with Andrew Hubbard, Ai-London’s CEO, and was excited at the prospect of working together again. For me, I really enjoy working in a small business. I like creating an impact by bringing my skills and knowledge learned from working in larger organisations.
What is it you enjoy about your current role?
I am thankful to have enjoyed such a wonderful career, and so I like being able to pass on my knowledge and share best practice where I can. I have gained so much experience over the years and it’s important to me that I use that to continue adding value.
What are your future goals and aspirations?
I am coming to the point now where I will be embarking on a lifestyle change, I would say retirement, but there are still too many things I want to do and accomplish! So my future goal is just to be happy and enjoy what I do.
Do you have any words of advice for someone considering a role like yours?
A background in finance is really beneficial as it can allow you to springboard into general business management, amongst other things.
And finally, who really inspires you?
I would have to say my Mum. I grew up in Ireland as part of a big family, after we lost my Dad she managed to look after us all whilst running the family business. She was always so positive and worked so hard, and that’s definitely where I got my drive from.
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