To celebrate Mother's Day, we spent the day with our CEO, Beth, and her family, to talk success, motherhood and the best advice they’ve ever received.
" ‘Thank you’, ‘please’ and ‘sorry’ are small words but they make us better people."
Five minutes with Beth.
Did your definition of success change once you became a mother?
I’ve always envisaged success as reaching my true potential and being totally fulfilled, so my definition didn’t change because having a family was always part of my ‘fulfilment vision’.
Do you think your mother-in-law and daughter’s definition of success would differ from each other?
Yes, I believe each generation is influenced by their parents and the world at that time. Joanna’s definition of success was to find a husband and have children – she says you were programmed that way post-war – while Chloe’s is ‘to be like me’, which is to have a job she loves and a happy family.
How does Chloe inspire you?
In every way. She’s beautiful inside and out. If I had to pick one thing though, I think it’s her strong moral compass. At 15 years old she has strong values and a real sense of right and wrong. She won’t be swayed by peer pressure if her instinct tells her differently. I don’t think I was like that until my mid-twenties.
"Work hard and play hard – you’ll achieve so much more if you get the balance right."
What has Joanna taught you about family?
That family comes before anything else. And that we’re stronger together – we’re a Butterwick tribe when we’re together in Norfolk!
Does ‘like mother, like daughter’ ring true with you and Chloe?
Yes, I think so. While she has some traits from my husband, Chloe and I think in the same way and apply a similar logic to situations. I would also say we’re both compassionate and generous of heart.
"Being yourself will help you navigate the rights and wrongs of life."
Beth, CEO of Karen Millen