Julie White went from selling pizza in a bikini to running a multi-million pound drilling company and has now landed a prestigious award.
Julie White, Managing Director of D-Drill, has been named the Vitalise Business Woman of the Year 2011 at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
Having set off round the world after leaving college, she did a range of jobs including being a yacht’s skipper and being a pizza seller on a beach during her travels.
But after several years away she returned to the region and bought the family business, D-Drill, from her father and then set about modernising the company. During this time Julie attended one of Exponential Training's programmes, Developing Managers. Julie followed this up by completing a 12 month programme with Exponential Training called 'Leaders in Business', achieving a level 5 Management & Leadership qualification.
Julie then set about increasing her company’s turnover and, as well as being Managing Director, she signed up for the company apprenticeship scheme to see what the firm’s other drilling apprentices go through.
Julie is not just a dynamo at work as she has also just completed a walk to the Everest Base Camp to help raise the profile of a local explorer and is a champion for women – especially those in business.
"I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have won such a major award. The competition was so tough and I am just thrilled that the judges chose me and I will use this as an opportunity to further champion the cause of women in business.”
"It’s not a case of competing against men – it’s all about giving other women the confidence to see what they can achieve. The industry that I am in is traditionally dominated by men and if I can do what I have done – other women can too."