Real Model Interview featuring Heather Bennett, HR Manager at TrustFord and Inspiring Automotive Woman Award Winner for 2021

In this Real Model interview, Heather Bennett, Regional HR Manager at TrustFord and Inspiring Automotive Woman Award Winner for 2021 explains how she felt to be nominated by her colleagues and recognised as an inspiration to others.

She tells us more about her ‘dream’ role in HR and advises women wanting to progress in the sector to ‘strive for your dreams, don’t ever give up, and gain as much knowledge as you can.’ Heather also gives insight into what makes her happy and the importance of self-care.

Read more below.

How did you feel to be nominated by your colleagues for the Inspiring Automotive Women Awards 2021 and how did it feel to be one of our winners?

I feel very honoured and proud to be nominated for an Inspiring Automotive Woman, it’s humbling that colleagues have recognised me as a person and the ambition that I have to strive to be the best I can.

What is your job and what does it involve? 

I am now the regional HR Manager for Northwest and Yorkshire, over the last 3 years in the business I have gone from a service advisor to a dealership secretary and now I have my dream role in the HR department. My role involves supporting the business to deliver people-related processes, vision, and strategy across the company, aligned with the law. My role also supports other colleagues within the business to resolve challenging issues related to the employment and dismissal of staff.

How long have you worked in the sector?

I have been in the motor trade for 3 years

What do you like best about your job?

I love working with people in general, my day is different every day and can be quite challenging at times but that’s what drives me.

What are your future aspirations?

I am currently studying for my Level 5 CIPD, my future aspirations would be to gain more experience in HR.

Can you name a woman in automotive that inspires you and why? 

Jamie Smith HR Manager – she inspires me as she has been my mentor since I moved into the HR role and has taught me so much over the last few months. I hope one day I have the knowledge to be able to mentor someone.

What makes you happy?

My family makes me happy, and also enjoy what I do as a job, work-life balance is really important to me, especially being a full time working mum

Which word or phrase do you most overuse?

My phrase would be “Self-care” – I tell everyone this, I feel in this day and age with everyone working long days and having busy lives people have forgotten to look after themselves first.

What is your worst trait?

I would say impatience at times I do like to get things done, this I think is a positive and negative aspect of me.

How would you like to be recognised (as an inspiration to others)?

As an honest, strong, approachable caring woman. Who strives to be the best I can be both professionally and personally.

What advice would you give to women who are wanting to progress in the sector?

Strive for your dreams, don’t ever give up, and gain as much knowledge as you can.

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