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Rebecca George OBE, Vice Chair and UK Public Sector Leader, Deloitte

Rebecca Gerorge

I still have ‘imposter’ syndrome and think many women do. I try to deal with it by concentrating on being a leader …. every day.

Rebecca leads Deloitte’s Public Sector practice in the UK.  She is responsible for the work Deloitte does across the Public Sector including Health, Education, Transport, Defence, National Security, Justice and Home Affairs, and Central and Local Government.  Rebecca was honoured with an OBE in 2006 for work she did for the Government on Sustainable Communities.

Rebecca has been involved in activities to increase the participation of Women in the IT industry since the mid-1990s.  She is a VP and Trustee at the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, where she is a Fellow, and Chairs the Organisation and Employers Board.  She is a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of IT.

Top tips

  • Get key stakeholders to help you with salary increases and promotions.
  • If you are offered an opportunity say yes!
  • There are great generational differences in expectations, attitudes, and communication styles.  It’s important to understand and work productively with everyone.
  • The most valuable aspects of emotional intelligence in business are empathy and asking lots of questions - and listening properly to the answers.
  • When communicating always be well prepared, use anecdotes and quotes, and really think hard about how to engage your audience. Dame Sue Street is great at this.
  • Research suggests that if women speak for around 25% of a meeting, men think they are dominating the conversation.  The best thing we can do is echo and reinforce other women’s opinions in conversation.

 

One thing she would have changed

“I would have taken a financial qualification early on.”

 

Favourite Quote

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help women.” Madeleine Albright

 

The biggest challenge for women in business

“We need to make more progress, faster.  At the current rate of change it will be 2080 by the time we have a gender-balanced house of commons and according to Deloitte’s research, the gender pay gap won’t be closed (on the current rate) until 2069.  It’s too slow”.