Jessica Newton, PwC

Jessica has had a stand-out year.  Working as a performance coach, she’s been the lynchpin in delivering a successful performance-improvement programme in Saudi Arabia for one of the world’s largest aerospace companies. This has required a special set of skills: tact, diplomacy, resilience, maturity – the list goes on. Jessica has these qualities in abundance, alongside a natural inquisitiveness and passion to learn about new people and cultures. 

What’s most notable about Jessica’s performance is how she managed to build capability and confidence in the people she coached – particularly female Saudi nationals. Those female employees are now, for the first time, speaking up alongside their male colleagues in meetings, and playing a role in the workplace they previously didn’t think possible.  

Jessica thrives on new experiences and problem-solving; on meeting people from all walks of life. She has actively sought out a career where each day presents a new challenge, where she needs to adapt, be flexible and learn the subtleties of how different people like to work.  

Back in the UK, she has been a role model on PwC’s graduate programme too, championing the benefits of global assignments, while also playing a key role on the employee committee. Even though she has worked at PwC for less than two years, she is already supporting and empowering the next generation of female professionals as part of the Female Mentoring Scheme with Leeds University. And she continues to share her experiences of the Middle East, which she hopes will change people’s preconceptions of working in the region. 

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