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International Women's Day

Albert Dock women lead the way on International Women’s Day

We speak to seven women who make the Dock what it is today. Read about their plans, ideas, roles and responsibilities, and what makes them passionate about the work they do.

International Women's Day, on March 8, is the focal point of the movement for women’s rights. So we thought we’d shine a light on some of the women who work at the Dock, empowering, inspiring and leading the way for all women in business. 

While Dock work might have been typically male-dominated, Liverpool has always been a city of female trailblazers, from Kitty Wilkinson – whose Liverpool washhouse and public baths became the first in the UK – to social campaignerMargaret Simeyand MPs Eleanor Rathbone and Bessie Braddock. And the Dock’s women now are no different, following in their independent, innovative footsteps.

These are the women who, between them, make Royal Albert Dock Liverpool the place it is today.

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Katherine Caldwell is the founder and director at The Nest.

Katherine trained as an illustrator, and opened the Nest last summer. Not only does she sell her own range of prints and gifts, but she champions the work of other Liverpool artists and makers. Last month she presented HRH The Prince of Wales – a renowned squirrel aficionado – with a squirrel print she’d drawn. 2019 sees The Nest expand its selection of local artists again, supporting local creative talent and making the shop a destination for local shoppers and visitors.

Katherine Caldwell

“What a joy it is to be here at the Royal Albert Dock, surrounded by so many inspiring local women. They are superstars: ethical, successful and so passionate about what they do. Being here is my business home – so much more than just a shop. It’s where we come to thrive in an exciting village amongst like-minded businesses.”

Katherine Caldwell

Sue Grindrod is CEO of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool Ltd.

As Chief Executive of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool Ltd, Sue secured the prestigious Royal title for the Dock in April 2018 and last month welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales to the Dock to officially recognise its new Royal status ahead of the 175th anniversary in 2021. With her previous roles as Chief Executive and Chairman of Gower Street Estates (t/a Albert Dock Liverpool) and Head of Visitor Experience & Operations at Tate Liverpool, Sue continues to be a driving force to the phenomenal success of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool so far.

Dynamic, forward-thinking, straight-talking and a born leader - all qualities that have been instrumental to Sue’s enduring success, with over twenty years and counting in the leisure and tourism sector.

Sue Grindrod

"As a woman in business I believe I have a responsibility to support other women in the workplace and champion the success of my female counterparts. By encouraging women to learn, grow, to find their voice and overcome challenges, we can bring about real change.

"I believe strongly that by working together in partnership and through shared experiences, we can affect more change in the workplace that is good for business and is relevant.”

Sue Grindrod

Diane Glover is marketing manager at the Beatles Story.

A passionate and enthusiastic ambassador for Liverpool, she develop business overseas and champions the city to key markets around the world. Since joining the Beatles Story in December 2013, she’s been part of some huge campaigns, exhibition launches and special events, including John Lennon’s 75th birthday celebrations, Sgt. Pepper’s 50th anniversary and ‘Beatles in India’. The Beatles Story has also welcomed record visitor numbers during her time here, breaking the 300,000 mark for the first time ever in 2018.

Diane Glover

Being involved in marketing the Beatles’ heritage and tourism in Liverpool is a fantastic job and one which I thoroughly enjoy. Along with key partners, my role enables me to promote this incredible city to potential visitors from all around the world.

Diane Glover

Helen Roberts is general manager at the Holiday Inn Express.

Helen has worked in hotels since 2001, and celebrates her 13th anniversary at Holiday Inn Express Liverpool Royal Albert Dock in May this year. No two days are the same – Helen manages 48 guest services staff, with responsibility for achieving hotel budgets and delivering on customer service targets. Developing her team and seeing them progress is what she finds most rewarding, and is currently working with three interns with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – ‘it’s very rewarding and enjoyable, seeing them progress so much in such a short space of time’, she says. Helen also chairs the Albert Dock Business Tenants’ Association.

Helen Roberts

“I’m very fortunate to manage a totally unique and very special Holiday Inn Express hotel, in a city which has changed massively over the years. Royal Albert Dock is an iconic part of the city and it’s been a pleasure to see the transformation of the Dock over the years. As new businesses have opened here, it’s gone from strength to strength.”

Helen Roberts

Janet Dugdale is Director of Museums at National Museums Liverpool.

Janet is responsible for leading the teams at two of the Dock’s tenants, the Merseyside Maritime Museum – which was the first attraction at the reopened Dock in 1986, and the International Slavery Museum. The Merseyside Maritime Museum tells the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool, while the International Slavery Museum is the only museum of its kind, looking at aspects of historical and contemporary slavery.

Janet Dugdale

“Both museums are an integral part of this significant World Heritage Site and have an important role in its development. Alongside all of our teams at National Museums Liverpool, I am looking forward to working with our Royal Albert Dock Liverpool partners on this exciting phase of its history.”

Janet Dugdale

Norma Lyons is owner of the Liverpool Pictures gallery.

Norma has grown her business from a stall to a fully-fledged gallery. She’s the Dock’s longest-standing retailer, opening her 'Liverpool History Cart’ in the Britannia Pavilion in 1991. She’s watched the city’s art develop with its international profile, as increasing numbers of leisure visitors have flocked to the city. She opened Liverpool Pictures with her daughter-in-law in 2003.

Norma Lyons

“As a woman running one of the longest established businesses here at the Albert Dock, it’s exciting to be a part of the innovation and renewed growth here at the moment and to see it all taking shape. I’m looking forward to enjoying the great honour of the Dock’s new Royal status, which it well deserves.”

Norma Lyons

Clare Farrington is owner of Peaberry on the Dock.

Clare runs Peaberry with her husband Graeme, bringing a diverse menu of locally sourced meat, fish, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes. It’s the family’s second café, after they started the business in Waterloo – describing their new Dock home as a ‘red-hot opportunity’. They’re very much part of a traditional of independent businesses all supporting each other, through other local, small businesses and suppliers. “When you come to us to eat and drink, you’re not just supporting us,” says Clare. “You’re supporting a whole chain of independent local businesses.”

Clare Farrington

“Being from Liverpool, I grew up coming to the Dock as a child, so it’s great to see the changes first hand and watch my children enjoy it the same way I did. Being a woman at the forefront of these changes is a huge personal achievement for me – if you’d asked me five years ago what I thought I would be doing today, I certainly wouldn’t have guessed I’d be running two businesses, and that one of those would be at one of the most beautiful places in Liverpool.

I hope that one day my actions will inspire and empower other women to take the leap into running their own businesses.”

Clare Farrington