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IWD 2021 Blog 3 -Choose to Challenge

International Women's Day 2021

Our third blog on International Women's Day comes from Lana Bennett! Lana joined Meridian in 2004 and was recently Promoted to Head of Finance. Lana has steered her team and our finances through some  very rocky times.  At the start of last year she took responsibility for Facilities & Procurement which now sits alongside her other responsibilities of Accounts, Payroll & Purchase Ledger. 

Career Background / Current Role

I started training to become a chartered accountant but soon realised that wasn’t the job for me so moved into industry in 1992; spent 12 years with a car hire and leasing company where I qualified as a management accountant and moved through the ranks from Assistant Accountant to become Finance Manager. From there I moved to Meridian where I’ve been ever since. My current role is Head Of Finance, looking after Accounts, Payroll, Purchase Ledger and Facilities & Procurement

What's the best thing about your current job?

Variety and the team I work with. Nearly every day is different; I can start the week doing management accounts, move to looking at holiday pay calculations and end the week looking at different office locations.

How do you manage stress or switch off from work?

I go out for a walk as much as I can, it might be a struggle some days to get motivated to go out but always feel better for it; also trying to teach myself yoga from You Tube videos at the moment, no idea if I’m doing it right but makes me feel better!

 What's the best lesson you have learnt in your career?

Always be truthful; if you make a mistake own it but make sure it doesn’t happen again!

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