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I'm a passionate believer in bringing your true self to work.
Nuala Barry,Financial Controller Nestlé Ireland

Nuala Barry has enjoyed 25 years at Nestlé. Today she manages the financial needs of the different categories and our many different stakeholders within Nestle Ireland. A huge supporter of change, Nuala consistently challenges Nestlé Ireland to deliver on our ambitious commitments.

What excites you most about your role and working for Nestlé?

My work gives me a unique insight across category and function and it's great to see the contribution that each category makes to Nestlé Ireland as a whole and as a part of the total UK&I business.

Being part of the Irish leadership team in a growing market is exciting too. We're evolving consistently and looking at better ways of working and growing our categories. I really enjoy the people aspect; leading my team and ensuring that they have strong development plans in place.

What has been the best advice you've been given in your career? Do you have any top tips of your own for new starters?

The best advice I ever received is to understand the materiality of any question or problem. Perfection isn't always possible or practical, especially in a timely and cost-efficient work environment and our efforts could be put to better use.

As for new starters, I would encourage them to ask questions if they don't know or understand something. Never be afraid to ask.

The theme for International Women's Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias. Have you faced any biases in your career and how have you handled them?

I've been incredibly lucky in my career as I've always been treated fairly. It helps that I'm a strong person and I believe in my strengths and what I can offer. I think that others should do the same and value what they bring to a position.

Are you involved with any of Nestlé's inclusion and belonging initiatives?

Inclusion and belonging are vital in every company, and although I'm not directly involved in Nestlé's networks, I participate in local events. I'm a passionate believer in bringing your true self to work. It's one of the reasons I took up mentoring and the sessions with my mentees are extremely rewarding.

Is there anyone that inspires you, either personally or professionally?

My mother is the person who first inspired me. I grew up in rural Ireland and come from a large family and I remember her telling me from a young age that I could be whatever I wanted – there were no barriers.

What has been your proudest moment at Nestlé?

It has to be when I was appointed into my current role. It felt like my hard work and commitment to the company was recognised – I felt empowered.

What one thing would you like to see more people doing to be more inclusive?

I think that 'psychological safety' is essential. Everyone should feel comfortable sharing their opinions and everyone should be confident that they’ll be listened to and valued.