by Lisa Boyle – Ayrshire Post

GOING for gold is something that curling skipper and Olympic medallist Rhona Martin MBE knows all about.

And the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted that she will be sharing tales of her winning ways at their Women In Business networking lunch on October 1.

The sporting theme continues at Lochgreen House Hotel, when Wai-yin Hatton – chief executive of NHS Ayrshire and Arran and karate champion – will be taking to the stage to inspire with accounts of her experiences and challenges.

Rhona represented Great Britain at the Olympics in 2002 and 2006, and was awarded an MBE for services to curling.

On top of that she has been awarded three honorary degrees and a doctorate in 2002.

Wai-yin Hatton is chief executive of NHS Ayrshire and Arran and describes her role as ‘creating an environment to succeed’.

She joined the NHS in 1974 with Sunderland Area Health Authority. She has since worked in a variety of challenging posts in different sectors in England and Wales. Wai-yin is a board member of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Kilmarnock College and is chair of the Ayrshire Sportsability Trust. She is also a non-executive member of British Swimming Ltd.

Wai-yin was elected first chair of the Institute of Healthcare Management in Scotland in 2000 and was awarded Companionship of the Institute in 2003.

Wai-yin is committed to continued professional development. She enjoys encouraging others to realise their aspirations.

She competed for Great Britain and England in karate for 12 years, holding gold and silver international medals.

Chamber events co-ordinator Yvonne Munro said: “Both Rhona and Wai-yin have shown great skill, dedication and determination to have succeeded in their chosen fields. I am sure that we will be suitably motivated and inspired to compete in the business world.”

The event is sponsored by Westfield Health.

Ayrshire Business Week is sponsored by East, North and South Ayrshire Councils.

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