Inspirational Women at Work:”What do I hate? Tidying my desk”

Who: Charlotte Vohtz

Job title: Managing Director, Green People

Job hours: 24-7

What does your typical work day look like? I am always up early for a little ‘me’ time before my busy day begins. I love walking Saffie our family dog and use this time to plan my day. Back at home I make fresh juices and green smoothies for the family. Every day at the office brings new challenges which I love, and yes I do take them home with me and very rarely switch off. Every day flies by as we are continually striving for excellence. I exercise the octopus principle – trying to oversee the smooth running of Green People – from product development, design, financial matters to marketing issues – trying to get everyone to work towards the same goal and I’m sure I’m driving most of the staff nuts but they have stayed with me for many years!

What do you enjoy most about your job? I feel that I have the potential to influence everyone who cares about their skin or has problem skin they need help with; to give them a choice it gives me a real buzz.

What is your least favourite part of the role? I can’t say that there is anything I dislike as such – maybe tidying my desk

Who has been your most influential mentor or inspiring boss? I don’t have a mentor but it was my daughter Sandra’s skin allergies as a baby that inspired me to set up Green People, ultimately to help her and others suffering from eczema and skin problems.

What has been your biggest professional achievement? To be the first company to certify organic beauty products with Soil Association. We were invited to sit on the committee to help the Soil Association set the standards, after two years of trying to tell them how important it was to have recognised certifications in the beauty industry, as there was for food.

What is the best piece of business advice you have been given? Believe in yourself and never, ever give up!

Looking back on your career now, what do you wish you had known? I wish I had understood that some people might not always share the same honest and ethical attitude as yourself. A word is not always a word – get it in writing!

What is the trait you most dislike in others and the one you most value? I dislike dishonesty and value unselfish people.

What is the trait you most dislike in yourself at work? Sometimes (but not always) my directness – after 22 years in the UK I haven’t yet mastered diplomacy

What has been your biggest career challenge? To juggle family in UK and Denmark, caring for sick, elderly relatives and working full-time.

If you could name one, what is your top tip for professional success? Be open minded and stay on top of the game but be cautious with money and spend it wisely.

What has been your luckiest break? Meeting the right people at the right time – from journalists who believed in the brand to loyal staff members.

What do you do to wind down? Walk my dog Saffie, read up on new health and beauty discoveries, spend time with my family including my lovely grandchildren and of course a glass of good red wine!

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