We’re delighted to be welcoming WeDO Executive team Ambassador, Gaynor Turner?of Macintyres of Edinburgh to speak at our first Spotlight Dinner of 2015. ?A real character, we are very fortunate to have had Gaynor in our Exec team for over 5 years and those of you who know her will be aware that she is a highly engaging and passionate speaker with a fascinating story to tell.?Here’s what she had to say about what she will be sharing with us …
“If you’re looking for an evening of accounting insights and KPI?s sprinkled with quotes from Harvard business school and the secret to making a billion by a week on Tuesday this is not the dinner for you?.?
However, if you want an honest insight into the highs and lows, heartache and magic, passion and pain that the last rip roaring 20 years in the wonderful world of Macintyres has been sign up now and hold onto your hats it?s going to be a wild ride.”
Gaynor graduated from London?s Mountview Theatre School in 1985. Following a successful career touring Scotland?s repertory theatres, playing tiny parts in film and television and ?culminating in lead roles in London?s West End. She was generally thoroughly enjoying herself playing a glorified and (badly) paid version of ?Pretend?. Then one fine day she realised that perhaps it was time to grow up and get with the programme. After much dithering and a rare few moments of clarity she co-founded Macintyres of Edinburgh, Scotland?s premier wholesale jeweller, in 1994.
Gaynor and her husband Steve formulated a different but very successful business model. Macintyres specialises? in high quality diamond jewellery, using unique marketing methods, combining quality and value while striving through education to demystify the art of buying diamonds and precious jewellery.
Macintyres has grown to become one of the largest companies in its sector. Along with her husband Steve, Gaynor was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007. ?In December, Gaynor was awarded the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or Associate Member of the Year 2014 Award.
Gaynor enjoys surprising her staff with little and large treats, making the workplace fun. She involves her staff and family in random acts of kindness that benefit other people and numerous charities. Gaynor especially likes to support local Scottish owned businesses that are run with integrity and kindness just like her own. Gaynor considers herself very lucky to have been blessed with three sons and to live in the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
This is a members only event and places are limited so if you’d like to come along, please book via our App or by logging into the Members Area. ?If you’re not a member and would like to find out more about the benefits, please complete our Membership Application form?and we’ll be in touch.