Lavina Lawrence - International Women's Spotlight

International Women’s Week at Senseye 

During International Women’s Week, we want to put a spotlight on our female team members here at Senseye. Each day we will publish an interview with an inspirational woman and find out about their career journey, role models and aspirations. Senseye believes in maximizing effectiveness through multiple different data feeds. We also apply this to our people, in the belief that each person brings a valuable new skillset and new perspective to the team, enhancing effectiveness.  

In the spotlight: Lavina Lawrence, based in Southampton, UK.

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What is your role at Senseye, and what are your typical daily tasks and activities?

My role at Senseye is HR & Business Operations Manager. When I started my Senseye journey in 2017, there were just 23 employees. Now we have over 60 employees worldwide which is terrific. So, for that reason, I have to ensure I connect with each site, providing critical bits of information, processes and assistance where required. I know building strong connections with all at Senseye is vital; it builds strong relationships, building trust. I am proud to say I have made those connections. 

No day is typical as my role covers HR and Business Operations, which has many different requirements, especially when it comes to people and their individual needs.

My typical day is to go through numerous Slack channels to get a general feel of what is going on in the company. I check in with our employees if they have reached out to see if they are okay. Especially in this current situation, I feel we all have had some good and bad days, but we support each other as a team. I also ensure that the business operations side is working as it should, reconciliation of accounts, payroll for the UK, US and France. Maintain our accredited certificates such as ISO9001, 27001 etc,.  

What has been your career journey to date?

In general, I have been very fortunate in my career; previous directors and managers have recognized my qualities from a very early age, and supported me throughout my working career. I put this down to my persona – I am enthusiastic and always willing to help. I enjoy learning new skills, so for that reason, it has been recognized, and I have been rewarded. I do look back as a mature lady now and wish I had done things slightly different as I think I would have achieved a lot more. That being said it’s never too late, as the wise old lady said!

Who would you consider a role model? 

I have many role models, depending on my personal goals. However, I would say my Mum, Dad, and my Nan (100yrs old in May 21 and still lives on her own, amazing woman) are strong and committed people. They worked so hard all their life to give me every opportunity to succeed in life. As a working mum, I now appreciate how hard it was for them to ensure their families were looked after and go to work. When I reflect on our mothers’ working lives (talking late 70s/early 80s), how little protection they had when it came to employee rights, equality, and thinking my mum had three part-time jobs and two children with no car, no mobile phone… I think how?! Thank you to all those women who struggled and fought to give us these fantastic opportunities. Generation Z women take every opportunity, take risks and learn by mistakes; we make them. Go get them!

What do you enjoy outside of work? 

I am a very sociable person; I need people around me, and I love hostessing in my home with friends. I enjoy being outside, going to the gym and watching my son play rugby and football (yes, I am the mother that shouts at their son on the sideline, normally Run! Defend! Good pass! etc). I enjoy going to restaurants, eating good food, drinking good wine and working through the gin menu. 

I love baking cakes and making special occasion cakes for my friends – I make a good lemon drizzle.

What do you hope to accomplish at Senseye?

I want to look back at my time here at Senseye and say I accomplished everything I set out to do, to be part of something. I am very fortunate that I enjoy working with them all. They are kind, supportive, and encourage you to develop in your own journey, not just by their needs or requirements. Trust is key here.