Eastgate Centre Manager’s Achievements Recognised at ASB Woman of Inspiration Awards
Each year the Association of Scottish Businesswomen honours and celebrates the achievement and contribution of inspirational women in business and the wider community through their Women of Inspiration Awards. This year 14 winners from across Scotland have been chosen from over 100 nominees. Jackie Cuddy, Centre Manager of Eastgate Shopping Centre for the last fifteen years has been named as one of the successful nominees of this prestigious award.
This 14 women were honoured with their Awards at a special reception, hosted by The Scottish Chambers of Commerce in Glasgow held the day before International Women’s Day, Thursday 7th March 2019. Each woman had been nominated by someone who feels they are deserving of the award; because they are an inspiration to others, a role model or leader in their profession, or because they are a woman who has excelled in her career or who has encouraged others, or impacted lives in the wider community.
Marie Mackintosh, Vice President of Highland Business Women who nominated Jackie said in her submission ’Jackie is a retail management professional operating at the highest level. She moved north from the Birmingham Pavilions in 2004 to manage the Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness. It is the primary retail destination serving the Highlands and Islands with one of the largest catchment areas in Europe. Jackie shows huge commitment to the community and region; she takes retail roadshows to Stornoway, Western Isles. She is Vice Chair of Inverness Business Improvement District and recognises that a thriving city centre also needs a strong independent retail presence. She is a past President and loyal supporter of Highland Business Women and champion of multiple charities including the Archie Foundation Highland and Lunches for Maggie’s; her charitable work has raised more than £200,000. Jackie is not only a cancer survivor she is a warm-hearted elegant lady whose quiet dignity and achievements inspire others to want to work with her.’
Jackie Cuddy said ‘I see my role in the bigger picture of Inverness City Centre and enjoy being involved in this wider vision for the City. I believe a City Centre is only as good as its parts and a vibrant City Centre needs a shopping centre like Eastgate to give it credibility but it is the independents that give it its point of difference. It inspires me to be a part of that bigger vision for Inverness and throughout. Being in a position where through my business contacts I can help local charities raise much needed funds is very fulfilling and it really inspires me to be able to do this through my connections and then go on to run successful initiatives. This Award makes me feel quite humble as there are so many people out there doing great jobs with wonderful corporate social responsibility commitment but at the same time it makes me feel very proud to have been nominated and recognised for what I do. Essentially I do all of this as a matter of course so I felt it was a huge compliment when Marie said she wanted to nominate me for an Award. I feel very honoured to be a winner of The ASB Woman of Inspiration Award in 2019. I am a glass half full positive individual who believes in partnership working so am delighted if my approach inspires others.’
To receive the Award on Thursday 7th March was really quite poignant for Jackie as it was 12 years ago on that same day that she was undergoing major surgery, a 9 hour operation for breast cancer.