Rosie WarinRosie Warin is the CEO of Global Tolerance, a consulting agency that works with changemakers dedicated to making the world a happier and more equal place.

She was the inaugural winner of the Suzy Ferguson Spirit award in 2014 and we caught up, over a quick cup of green tea to see how she’s been getting on.

What do you think is the most important quality for a nominee for the Suzy Spirit Award?

Why should people get involved?
It’s a fantastic way to recognise people who embody the important things in life like integrity and support, as well as traditional success.

How did you find out you’d been nominated for this award? Was it a surprise?
It was a total surprise and I was over the moon – but completely gobsmacked. It was such a privilege.

How did you feel when you met Nicola and handed over the Suzy Spirit Award baton?
We were both in tears!​

What have you been up to since we last spoke? Tell us about your highlights.
I run a communications and culture consultancy that​ helps organisations find, live and communicate their purpose and values – and we’ve had a great year.

We’ve worked with organisations such as social business Innocent, homelessness charity Crisis and Nick Hornby’s charity Ministry of Stories. We helped One Billion Rising with the biggest campaign against sexual violence deliver it’s biggest launch ever. And we created a campaign for Collectively that saw half a million people calling for clean energy. It’s been a fun year!

Who inspires you to do what you do?
Among many others, Katie McCrory, Jilly Forster and Sally Bailey. ​

What’s the proudest moment of your career?
I don’t have one – I feel super lucky in my job and there are many things I’m proud of. They aren’t always the things you’d expect, sometimes it’s just keeping going when things get really tough. That said, winning the Suzy Ferguson award is definitely up there!​

What’s your typical day?
​I get up early and meditate for half an hour. Then eat a huge bowl of porridge and have a green tea at home – I like a relaxed morning! Then I head to the office or to meetings, no day is the same for me. In the evening I’ll either go to an event, see friends or cook at home. I used to be a bit of a party animal but these days I love an early night! So boring…but so good…

What’s next for you? Where are you going to be this time next year?
Doing the same thing, but bigger and better! Watch this space…

If you could give your younger self some career advice, what would it be?
She who dares wins. And don’t take it too seriously.

Who do you look up to most in the industry?
​Jilly Forster – for doing it her own way and generally being a fireball. ​

Where is the best place you’ve ever had dinner?
A vegan restaurant in ​Antwerp! My god that was a good dinner…

Secret Santa has £10, would should he buy you?
£10 worth of hilarious rubbish from Hawkin’s Bazaar.

Twitter or Instagram?
Chocolate or crisps?
Corrie or Eastenders?
Beach or pool?
Beach!! Who chooses pool?!
Still or sparkling?

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