Lee-Ann Owtram – Operations Manager SA and UK
After almost two decades in the corporate world, Lee-Ann Owtram found her way to Nurture after being asked to “help out” on a project. That was seven years ago!
We caught up with her to get to know the superwoman behind the cape.
What do you do at Nurture?
I look after the operations and systems for Nurture and Nurture UK.
What does a typical day at Nurture look like for you?
Making sure our system remains operational providing both the Nurture admin team and our clients with an effective and efficient service. Managing Nurture UK with a wonderful team – two South African born gems (Kirsty and Gabby) who reside in the UK.
What is family to you?
Everything and more.
What has been the highlight of your Nurture career?
Building the Nurture UK brand, which has been challenging but so exciting. (And seeing George Michael live in 2012 during a business trip!)
What was your day job before Nurture?
I was the Fund Manager for the Wooltru Healthcare Fund at MHG (Metropolitan Health Group).
How did you move from a corporate background to get involved with Nurture?
After 18 years of working in a corporate environment, I felt I needed to spread my wings a little. I took on a business venture that sadly did not fulfil me, and two years later was asked by Nurture to “help out” during their transition from a manual process to a system-driven one. Seven years later, here I am. Happier than ever.
What do you think the future holds for Nurture?
We have the most determined and driven team. We will continue on our journey to help amazing people to reach their ultimate dream of becoming parents.
If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question – what would you ask?
Is there really life after death?
What is in your ultimate picnic basket?
A bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila, two shot glasses, some cherries, salt, and fresh slices of lemon. Preserved figs (with the thick syrup), cheese and a good home-baked bread. Strawberries and pineapple. And a blanket for later. (Author’s note: We want in on this picnic basket!)
What’s your superpower?
In my work environment: My attention to detail.
In my personal life: Patience.
What is the one piece of advice that you have for a new egg donor?
If you knew how much you are appreciated and respected, you would do this again and again and again. It will change your life forever.
Describe the average Nurture egg donor in five words.
Committed. Hopeful. Selfless. Dedicated. Kind.
What gets you going in the morning?
My 16-year-old daughter who insists that I get up with her in the morning to “bond” before she goes to school.
What is your proudest achievement?
Raising my son and daughter to be strong but caring and kind souls.
What are you doing when you’re not at work?
I spend time with the people I love – my children, my family, my partner, my friends and my two much-loved dogs, Milo and Seth.