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
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
Lynda McGaw, The Parkville Hotel, Blantyre
Jade Cunningham, O’Shannons, Kilmarnock