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BARBICAN LIFE


her to their overseas consultancy division (British Electricity International) as a graduate trainee for a three months placement, they liked her so much that they kept her for five years. Day one saw her price up a project for engineers being sent to Brunei, this led on to her researching, securing funding and managing international energy projects and ended with her writing the marketing strategy for the £13 million consultancy just before it’s privatization.


In 1987, following an MBA, she was selected from many international applicants to be Business Planning Coordinator at the London Stock Exchange and in 1989 she married Charles Gillams. He left a high profile City job to set up his own Corporate Finance business. However, one year later, while returning from a meeting in Glasgow he was involved in a horrific multi-car motorway accident. When Sreela arrived at the Glasgow hospital several hours later Charles was peppered with glass and grit still waiting for his injuries to be


cleaned. The staff were so overwhelmed with six fatalities and many more casualties so Sreela set to work with tweezers and antiseptic to remove the tiny bits of glass until finally Charles was taken to theatre to remove the large pieces and repair a broken leg. Unfortunately post-operative complications resulted in seven years of hospital intervention and recuperation. Sreela was determined to keep his new business going and so left the Stock Exchange and not only cared for him until he recovered but also managed his business. In the face of adversity they relied on each other, shared the responsibilities, concentrated on their goals and worked well as a team. During this difficult time they didn’t lose any clients and the business grew. By 2002 Charles was running the business again and they had a baby son. Since then Sreela has devoted much of her time to caring for her husband, son and extended family. In addition to using her professional skills such as negotiation when relatives have asked her to help with


property transactions, or arranging all the extended family’s insurance policies, this role of homemaker has also demanded infinite patience and the ability to encourage family and friends to achieve their full potential in a diverse array of directions. She has still found time for work projects – helping Charles with their business; a two year stint as visiting lecturer for Brunel University’s MA in creative and transactional writing; and latterly the Pyr project. Sreela has always found life to be a self fulfilling prophesy - live according to your expectations, believe things will work out, aim for your ambitions and you will find success. For more information on the Pyr Project email - sreela@gillev.com


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