Awards inspire future talent, says school head

The Tees Businesswomen Awards are a fantastic platform for showing young women that wonderful career opportunities are available on their doorstep, says the head of a local independent school.

Teesside High School is sponsoring the programme for the third annual Tees Businesswomen Awards, which take place virtually on January 14.

Kirsty Mackenzie, Teesside High School’s head, says: “It’s our privilege to support an event which recognises and celebrates the women who make a significant contribution to our region.

“As educators, it’s our responsibility to ignite young minds and inspire future talent; we simply could not do this without the support of the local business community.

“There’s a huge pool of talent across many diverse sectors right on our doorstep in Teesside and it’s wonderful to be able to share that with our young people at Teesside High School when they are considering their future career path.”

For Kirsty – pictured with Tees Business sales manager Chris Garbutt – it’s simply not the case that students need to move away to get ahead.

“This region is prospering,” she says.

“There are so many opportunities and experiences available locally for those who want to succeed.”

Kirsty has been impressed by previous winners and finalists of the Tees Businesswomen Awards, all of whom she sees as being great role models to her students.

“When I look at the names of the shortlisted entrants and winners from the previous Tees Businesswomen Awards, I see passionate individuals, groups and businesses with a desire to make a difference.

“These might just be the people who inspire a young girl to overcome a particular obstacle, to consider a career they had never imagined or to have the confidence to try something new.

“It’s important to raise the profile of these people and tell their stories as the impact can be quite overwhelming. We see this first-hand every day in school.”