Scottish Enterprise’s Trisha Pirie has been named Women of Inspiration in the 2016 Scottish Association of Businesswomen Honours List.
The ASB Honours give recognition to women who are inspirational role models and to celebrate all that they do for others in the business world in Scotland. Nine other ladies across Scotland are also recognised in the 2016 Honours.
Trisha, from Laurencekirk, originally trained as a nurse and worked for a number of years in general and psychotherapy fields but on returning to work ten years after having her children she took on an office administrator’s role in a new start business – Journeycall Ltd.
As the business grew over the next five years Trisha moved to more senior roles and then became co-owner and managing director in 2009.
She said: “To receive this fabulous honour is such a privilege, particularly when I see the impressive credentials of the other Women of Inspiration.
“I’m passionate about developing strong leadership in business and place huge value on personal and professional integrity.
“Having the chance to inspire and motivate other entrepreneurial business leaders, particularly women, in Scotland is a really exciting, fulfilling thing to do.”
Over the next four years of becoming co-owner and managing director of Journeycall Ltd she transformed the company and enthusiastically led business growth to over £35million turnover and 200 staff.
She exited Journeycall Ltd in 2013 having secured signed forward contracts to 2016 enabling business growth to more than £60 million turnover and increase jobs to over 300 in the same timeframe.
Trisha went on to achieve one of her bucket list items, a degree in Business Management, completed in a single academic year at Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen.
Halfway through this year she was offered the opportunity of joining Scottish Enterprise and although doing the degree and starting a new job was challenging jumped at the chance to take on new learning.