Grainne Brankin, BSI Group

Taylor Root is proud to be supporting International Women's Day 2018. We have interviewed a selection of our female clients asking them how they are pressing forward for women's gender parity #pressforprogress

Taylor Root interviewed Grainne Brankin, General Counsel and Company Secretary, BSI Group

lawyer; IWD; International Women's Day

Past Progress

If you could tell your younger self one thing what would it be and why?
You can definitely “have it all” maybe just not all at once and maybe not as quickly as you would like!

What action or decision are you most proud of making in your lifetime?
The ongoing decision I make to keep working at my chosen career. Of course this means an ongoing challenge to balance my personal and work commitments but I feel lucky to have the choice and I want to demonstrate that and be a role model for my two daughters.

Describe one of your failures. What lessons did you learn, and how did it contribute to a greater success?
I fail to get through my daily “to do” list most days…I cant point to a specific lesson (except maybe to make shorter lists) but I am fairly sure that someone who never failed at anything would be unbearable to work or live with.

Present Progress

Of the people that inspire you, what character traits do they have which you admire?
The older I get the more highly I value people just being nice.

What is your personal mantra?
My personal mantra is not suitable for print.

Future Progress

What would you say the top 3 skills are needed in order to be successful in your industry?
1) Ability to identify what is important in a sea of information/communication/demands
2) Remaining calm and keeping things in proportion
3) Getting things actually done (a rarer skill than you would think)