Hello, I’m Mary Cushen.
In short, I’m a self-professed workaholic. With six-year-old twins and two businesses, I seamlessly manage to make everything run like clockwork. I either get asked if I’m superwomen or mad – It’s probably a bit of both.
My passion for helping others has seen me work across numerous industries and gain invaluable experience. I have worked in project management, finance and business analysis before starting my first business. With over twenty years in the corporate world, I have seen what has worked and what doesn’t. I have worked in a range of industries including hospitality, taxi operation, oil industry (my parents company), printing and several more. Most recently, I have spent just over eleven years in utilities. I have trained 100’s of staff members and mentored new starters. This is where my passion lies.
During school, I welcomed the working world and entrepreneurship. My first experience as an entrepreneur came when I worked in my parents’ business in the oil industry when I was 12. When the Gulf War happened, the company folded. Overnight, I went from being the rich kid at school to being ashamed of who I was.
When I first began my career, I worked as a temp and was often underpaid but massively valued.
It meant that referrals came thick and fast and, when I was approached to help a restaurant with its payroll, despite no prior experience, I was able to ensure everyone was paid on time and accurately. My gift is being able to turn my hand to anything. However, it means I get bored with the norm (part of why I’m a workaholic).
Working with entrepreneurs and small businesses, I help address the concerns at that moment. From using my business analysis skills to look for opportunities of improvement, understanding and coaching to enhance working environments and increase productivity to creating and helping create strategies and marketing plans to support the business. Everything I do is underlined with mindset to ensure anything discussed, trained or coached, is benefited from.
Working with corporate companies (over eleven years just at National Grid), I help map out processes and identify improvements to increase efficiency, improve employee engagement and create a customer journey that delights.
Having the best strategies in the world will get you nowhere if your mindset isn’t in the right place.
On the lighter side, I live with my hubby (been together 23 years) and twin daughters in Worcestershire. I love pasta, the colour green and travelling to new places. My favourite places to date are the Dominican Republic, Jersey and Scotland.