International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements, raises awareness against bias and encourages people to act for equality.
To mark International Women’s Day 2022, we are celebrating the successes and strides that women have achieved within our business. From finance gurus, operational stars through to HR heroes, we have asked some of our female leaders to share their experiences and perspectives.
Caroline Slowey-Dickinson, Brand Director
With over 15 years at SandpiperCI under her belt, Caroline has worked her way through the ranks from Store Manager to Brand Director. She has a varied level of experience across food, non-food and technology and now oversees iQ our Apple Premium Reseller brand. Caroline recently moved to the Isle of Man to set up our brands and further develop SandpiperCI presence within the Island.
Clair Sequeira, Brand & Marketing Director
Clair is an experienced Senior Retail Manager with over 20 years of experience managing multiple brands. She has a proven background in launching and trading successful new franchise brands within the Channel Islands, managing teams across store operations, marketing, and merchandising. Heading up the Clothing Franchise Division, Clair works within a fast-paced, ever-changing retail environment that requires her to think ahead. She is always considering how to convey her brands’ messages locally to ensure her customers have the best shopping experience possible.
Paula Grant, Senior Trading Manager
Paula is a retail professional with a degree in Business Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her early career began in retail clothing for The Arcadia Group, followed by positions at Argos, Sainsbury’s and B&Q. Paula began her career in food retail with SandpiperCI 14 years ago and has since worked in a variety of product categories. She has helped the Company with many projects and store openings over the years. She is very much looking forward to the challenge of being promoted to Commercial Director in April.
Adamié Burger, Group Financial Controller
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa, Adamié moved to Jersey in 2015. Originally from an audit background, she has worked across various industries, but with a specific interest in the retail sector. She obtained her ICA International Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance in 2019. Adamié enjoys working at SandpiperCI, where each day brings a new challenge in the fast-paced life of retail. She enjoys using her expertise to lead the Financial Accounting Team and continuously look for improvements and streamlining financial processes. She loves travelling and exploring the beauty of new places and their cultures. Closer to home, she enjoys the perks of living in Jersey with some sea swimming and a lot of barbeques in summer!
Stephanie Hutton, Director of Commercial Finance
Stephanie moved to Jersey with her family two years ago from Kenya, having spent most of her life living near Nottingham. She has worked across various organisations, including a decade at Boots, where she held finance (and non-finance) roles in their international and franchise businesses. Stephanie qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant with Ernst & Young. At SandpiperCI, Stephanie is responsible for the Commercial Finance Team, encompassing all aspects of the business’ performance, new initiatives, and reporting across all the brands. She’s passionate about our brands and working with operational colleagues to achieve the best results. Stephanie has taken to outdoor life in Jersey via paddle boarding and running in the countryside. She still finds it a novelty to live near the sea and on the beautiful island.
Holly Gilbert, Senior Marketing Manager
With more than a decade in the creative and marketing industries, Holly is passionate about bringing visual identity to corporate strategy. A recent recruit to the SandpiperCI family, Holly heads up the Marketing Team and thrives working in a challenging and fast-paced retail environment. Juggling multiple brands across our portfolio, no two days are the same and Holly works with our Leadership Team to dream up new campaigns and push the boundaries creatively to deliver high brand integrity. Ever the team player, Holly is a world record holder, taking part in the longest choreographed dance routine on a space hopper – all whilst 5 months pregnant!
Joy Jezequel, Group People Manager
As SandpiperCI Group People Manager, Joy has a passion for supporting others to grow and develop. She has a 20-year career in retail, finance, and hospitality management both in Jersey and internationally. She has tackled most situations, including being filmed live by Channel news failing her driving test! A firm believer in women not needing to have it all, she is also the proud juggler of a husband, a small boy and two very lively dogs!
Alison Correia, Group Payroll Manager
Alison grew up in the SandpiperCI family. She began her career with Le Riches as a Saturday girl in Tradesaver in 1993, aged 15. Since then, she has worked in a variety of capacities, including Customer Service, Product Maintenance, and in the Cash Office, before finding her true calling in Payroll! Her 29 years of knowledge of the business and our people are invaluable, there is nothing she doesn’t know. When it comes to numbers, she is the oracle and most importantly makes sure we are all paid on time!
Nicky Boarer, Deputy Company Secretary
Nicky has been with SandpiperCI for over 12 years and played a contributory role in supporting the transition from a Private Equity Company to one listed on The International Stock Exchange. With over two decades of experience in the financial services industry, Nicky is well positioned to ensure that legal, licensing, and regulatory demands are met in an ever-changing environment across our many franchise brands.