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GMs making their mark: Therese Grethe, Waxy O’Connor’s, Glasgow

March 5th, 2017 | Posted in: Features

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, 8 March, DRAM celebrates just a few of Scotland’s inspirational female general managers who are making their mark on the licensed trade.

Today, we speak to Therese Grethe, General Manager of Waxy O’Connor’s in Glasgow (pictured above, far left with her team).

 Name: Therese Grethe

Role: General Manager, Waxy O’Connor’s

Location: Glasgow

Age: 38

Therese Grethe has a been making her mark in the licensed trade for 20 years and has spent the last six years with Waxy O’Connors, owned by Glendola Leisure.

She’s been General Manager at the Glasgow city centre pub for just over five years, having moved up from deputy manager six months after joining in 2011.

Therese leads a team of 35 staff and says, “My role involves everything from recruitment to leading a management team of seven and training them to move up within the company to become GMs.”

For Therese, focussing on staff training has been key to Waxy’s continuing popularity, and is one of her favourite things about working in the trade.

She says, “I love seeing staff develop. It’s a hard slog to get to GM but when you do, you get to run the place as you want. I’m lucky with Glendola that I’m allowed to run the business like its my own.”

She adds “It’s a cliché but I love the fact that everyday is different, you don’t know what you’ll be faced with.”

When I’m not in work: I got to the rugby quite a bit to support the Glasgow Warriors.

Drink of choice: Probably a pint of Guinness!

Star sign: Virgo but not a stereotypical one!

Click below to meet more inspirational general managers in the Scottish on-trade

Helen Taylor, The Anchor, Broughty Ferry

Geraldine Murphy, The Pot Still, Glasgow

Babs Steele, The Allison Arms, Glasgow

Gayle Copland, The Wine Press, Dundee

Rozlynn Gavin, The Applebank Inn, Larkhall

Nicola Haslam, The Seven Kings, Dunfermline

Sandy Gourlay, Oran Mor, Glasgow

Lynda McGaw, The Parkville Hotel, Blantyre

Jade Cunningham, O’Shannons, Kilmarnock

Beth Harding, Montpeliers, Edinburgh

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Laura Smith

Laura Smith

Journalist at DRAM Magazine
Laura Smith writes across our flagship publications, including DRAM and The Wee Dram. Dedicated to her craft, Laura took part in the world's first whisky diploma crash course as research for The Wee Dram – and the whisky novice very nearly passed too! Laura has previously worked as an online journalist for STV and Glasgow-based charity INSP.


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