In this edition of Life @ Netskope, we sat down with Charlotte Shone, Channel Manager for the UK and Ireland. Charlotte joined Netskope at the beginning of March 2020, and even as COVID-19 has changed the way we all work, she is hitting her stride and finding success working with UK channel partners. She was even nominated by CRN UK for both Rising Star, as well as Outstanding Returner, which spotlights people who return to the workforce after an extended time of leave. Check out our conversation below to learn more about what made Charlotte join Netskope, the level of flexibility that was afforded to her coming off nine months of maternity leave, and what excites her about her future with Netskope:
Can you tell me a bit about what made you choose to come to Netskope?
My entire career has been in IT security, I spent my last three years at Symantec, now Broadcom. For me, the reason I chose Netskope was the technology and the culture. I spoke to a number of people who worked here already, a couple of people that actually moved over before I did from Broadcom, who had nothing but really positive things to say about Netskope’s culture. What I’ve realized over the last six months is that everyone who works here is genuinely, personally invested in Netskope’s success and the flexibility to innovate is absolutely crucial to that success and the kind of a journey that we’re on as a company.
What was your first day working with Netskope like?
So I was actually expecting to join on the first of April, and Jonathan and Andre knew that I was on maternity leave when I left Broadcom and joined Netskope. They asked me to join slightly earlier, on the first March. Which I was fine with but I let them know my daughter didn’t start nursery for another three weeks so she would still be at home with me. And they just offered as much flexibility as I needed to make sure that we were successful in what we needed to do. And then lo and behold, two days after I started, the pandemic hit. Even so, my first day was great. I had Jonathan Mepsted, the regional sales manager I report to, kind of on speed dial whenever I needed him. Luckily, I was introduced to a number of the team a week before I actually joined. We just kind of got together, and I’m glad we did because I wouldn’t have met anybody in person otherwise. But they’re just really supportive, all of them. And that has continued throughout, genuinely, since my first day.
What sort of flexibility was important to you when looking at joining Netskope, even before COVID-19?
Before the pandemic, I actually had an agreement with Jonathan that my daughter would be at home with me every Friday afternoon. Andre and Jonathan had no issues with that. They were happy for me to have her at home and to join our Friday team calls with her in the background, which in this day and age, is unfortunately still quite shocking to hear that companies would offer that flexibility, as many others wouldn’t. They were just really supportive and understanding that I have a young family and my priorities are both my job and my children. Even from the very top level, Netskope is fully supportive of its employees with families, and for me, that is the absolute key selling point to any organization because my children are not going anywhere.
What’s something that excites you about your future with Netskope?
I think it’s the potential to progress my career. Just by the nature of me being the main channel person in the UK, I kind of get to run the whole show myself, which is great. It’s the fact that there’s so much opportunity as we grow to grow with Nestkope and to progress my own personal career and really showcase what I can do. If I hadn’t taken this role, it could take me another kind of six to ten years to get to where I am now. It’s one of those opportunities you take a risk, take a jump, but it has definitely paid off in this instance.
What’s one thing you’d like to check off your bucket list?
I have a long bucket list and I’ve ticked off a lot of them. Before I joined Symantec four years ago, I traveled for nine months and I did a bit of Southeast Asia and Australia and Indonesia and Thailand, Vietnam, and I ticked off a lot of things doing that. Then I had my two children. I think the one that I haven’t done yet that I’d be right really upset if I never got to do it is a safari in South Africa.