#CraverWomensWeek: She is Trudie Harriman, our Chief People Officer. And she makes us proud.
Trudie is a Craver from early February and when she was asked “why did she decide to join the team”, Trudie had it clear: “I was inspired by the leaders that I met and their genuine commitment to the success of the business and everyone in the Craveable family.”
In only one month, she has gained everyone’s respect. She has over 20 years’ experience across a variety of industries and regions. Previously, Trudie has held senior Human Resources roles at Qantas Airways and Coca-Cola Amatil across a variety of divisions, leading significant change and transformation programs, balancing strong commercial acumen with a genuine focus on improving the employee and customer experience.
Trudie is also a proud mum and has represented Australia on several occasions in the sport of Competitive Aerobics. Recently, Trudie has embraced gardening although recognises that spending time with her family is always the priority – making sure they make the most out of their time together and have fun wherever they can.
Let’s know more about this inspiring woman…
What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Craveable team? I love the pace of the business and the balance between openness to new ideas and deep respect for our heritage and history of success.
One achievement you are proud of… Acknowledging that it will always be a juggle to balance the many commitments that I have. It is something you have to work at and it took me some time to realise there wasn’t a silver bullet.
Did you always want to be in a senior position? How was the process to reach this? I want to do the best I can with what I am capable of. I was raised by good people (Mum and Dad!) and they were great role models for hard work, being real and not taking yourself too seriously- all things I live by now.
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Was ever being a woman a barrier for you? I’m not sure if being a woman was ever a barrier… I have had many great professional experiences as well as some not so great ones. I have had moments where I have felt a strong bias in people’s perceptions or actions and I work hard to not personalise it.
Its easier to say than do that though, and I do try to ensure I create a safe space for people to share with me any concerns they have and will always do my best to support those people both by raising the bar on behaviour, but also ensuring they have the coaching and mentoring they need to succeed.
You are a great inspiration for everyone in the company, who inspires you? My Mum- she overcame great adversity to build a strong family and home and she has created a great legacy everywhere she has worked. She taught me to be fair, hard-working, fun and loyal. I hope I am known for this- now and into the future, and that I pass that onto my children.