North-east business leader Jeanette Forbes, CEO of PCL Group, was one of the guest panellists at a high-profile event celebrating International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8.
Organised by Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT), in partnership with the Times and Sunday Times Scotland, she was one of four businesswomen from across the country who took part in a panel discussion on this year’s theme Press for Progress, a strong call to action to press for gender parity across all sectors and communities.
North-East business leader, Jeanette Forbes, has been named CEO of the Year at the inaugural Scotland Women in Technology Awards. The awards, the first of their kind, celebrate the achievements of women who have the drive, commitment and passion to further the technology agenda in Scotland.
Jeanette is Chief Executive of Aberdeen based PCL Group. The company provides data cabling structures for IT and telecoms systems and the supply, maintenance and support of computer equipment to the offshore, marine, commercial, industrial and renewables sectors.
The awards were organised by Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT), a group initiative which aims to attract, inspire empower and retain women by developing a community and network to help grow women’s contribution in the IT industry.
The awards received more than 100 nominations and represented every area of the tech industry, including schools. Jeanette was one of six finalists from across Scotland who was shortlisted in the CEO category which was sponsored by JP Morgan.
Aberdeen entrepreneur Jeanette Forbes has been appointed chairwoman of the Scottish development group for Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.
Ms Forbes, the chief executive and founder of energy sector-focused information technology company PCL Group and a former Business Woman Scotland Inspirational Woman of the Year, steps up to the role after nearly three years on the group.
She said she was drawn to JDRF because of strong historical links between the City of Aberdeen and efforts to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. “I am in awe of the scientific research that is currently happening… from the artificial pancreas to beta cell replacement,” she said.
“We can all play an important part in finding the cure,” added Ms Forbes.
Aberdeen IT firm becomes the only local company in its sector to reach top marks of excellence in people management.
Aberdeen-headquartered PCL Group has become the only IT company in the city to gain Investors in People (IIP) Gold Standard accreditation. It joins a list of only 10 other companies across all sectors in Aberdeen to have achieved gold status.
A total cabling and IT service provider to the offshore, marine, commercial, industrial and renewables sectors, PCL Group was established by CEO Jeanette Forbes 17 years ago and now employs a team of engineers and support staff.
In being granted accreditation, PCL Group was commended by the auditor who said she was very impressed in assessing the company for the second time to find that they had worked so incredibly hard to meet the Gold Standard of Investors in People and are to be warmly congratulated on this achievement for being a great employer, an outstanding place to work and having a clear commitment to sustainability.
True grit is a characteristic of Yorkshire folk and Jeanette Forbes, chief executive of the PCL Group on Aberdeen’s Regent Quay, has got it in spades. Her company has been a total IT service provider to the oil and gas industry worldwide for 17 years and leading that has been no 9-5 sinecure. ‘It’s my company, so my responsibility,’ says Jeanette, ‘I am on call 24/7 so that if a call comes in from abroad in the middle of the night, I deal with it on the spot. Looking after the customer is the absolute key to success for me.’
Equally, Jeanette gets a buzz out of seeing her staff, including son Chris, grow the business with her. She is much in demand for mentoring young women interested in a career in oil and gas and firmly believes that although challenging, it will continue to provide excellent career prospects for many years to come.
However, nothing stands still in the helter-skelter world of this dynamic lady. For example, when Jeanette became frustrated with office-cleaning arrangements, what did she do? ‘I just decided to launch my own cleaning company so that I had control of a necessary aspect of business,’ she says. (more…)
Aberdeen entrepreneur Jeanette Forbes has backed a new Aberdeen University group trying to encourage more young women to develop an interest in science and technology.
The chief executive of energy sector-focused information technology company PCL Group got involved in the Robogals volunteers after they turned to her for support. She said: “I was really impressed with what they were trying to achieve and that they had started up the group, volunteering their own time to set it up with very little resource.”
“I just had to get involved and try and help them achieve their goal.”