Smart Works Edinburgh has been supporting women into employment since July 2014. Our clients come from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and age groups. To be eligible for the Smart Works service all we require is that the woman attending has a job interview.
We are proud that over 68% of the women we support are successful in their interview.
“I feel so motivated and inspired by the advice and support given to me today my confidence has been boosted, I feel that I can actually succeed at the interview.”
We currently see over 30 women each month. We want every client to leave Smart Works after a two hour session believing that she can and will succeed. We give our clients a complete outfit of clothes and accessories (theirs to keep) as well as advice on presentation. We also provide one-to-one interview training delivered by experienced volunteers. The two hours our clients spend at Smart Works has an incredibly positive impact on their confidence and self esteem.
The Smart Works service is delivered by our team of 45 skilled and trained volunteers.
Our stock is donated by working women or by our retail partners such as Hobbs, Whistles, Next, Evans and Bobbi Brown.
Introducing the team behind Smart Works Edinburgh
We are grateful to our trustees and staff for their hard work on behalf of Smart Works Edinburgh.
Christine Harley is a Chairperson of Smart Works Edinburgh. She is a HR professional, who has worked in house with major corporates including Scottish and Newcastle plc and The Gap.
Bronagh Power is a Trustee at Smart Works Edinburgh. She is a Senior Lecturer in Management with the Faculty of Business and Law at the Open University. She is delighted to be involved as a Trustee with the charity Smart Works whose primary focus is to support women into work. This combines her passion for supporting women in work, realising personal potential, building confidence and for fashion.
Anna Henderson is a Trustee of Smart Works Edinburgh. She is a Digital Consultant who has extensive experience in Financial Services with Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco Bank and Standard Life, as well as a stint with the Scottish Government.
Fiona is Head of Regional Food with industry leadership body Scotland Food & Drink, managing various projects across foodservice, major events and food tourism. She is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier, an international philanthropic association of leading women in the world of food, drink and hospitality. An active volunteer with Smart Works Edinburgh since its inception, she organises annual fashion sales, modeled on the London branch’s Somerset House event, and joined the Board of Trustees in March 2018.
Janine is the Director of Private Equity at Badenoch & Co, a boutique investment office. Prior to this, Janine embarked on the Saltire Fellowship (part of Entrepreneurial Scotland) which included studying at Babson College, Boston and working at a number of high-growth Scottish SMEs. Janine is admitted as a solicitor in Scotland, England and Wales. Janine joined the Board of Trustees in March 2018.
Barbara was the National Organiser for the Scottish European Educational Trust charity from 2005 -2012, receiving an Award in 2012 from VolontEurope as Scottish Voluntary Organiser of the Year. Her role at the Trust included regular contact with Sponsors and Donors, and the organisation of a major annual event for schools throughout Scotland held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament. In 2013 Barbara volunteered for two charities in southern Tanzania, including EdUKaid, an educational charity of which she is now a Patron. She is joining the Board in April 2018 and looks forward to playing her part in helping women to realise their potential in the workplace.