Alumni

Helen Walbey, MD, Rideout Motorcycles and Scooters

I use the skills I have gained in my roles at Rideout Motorcycles and transfer that passion when working in schools and colleges as a Welsh Government Big Ideas Role Model or when I am mentoring new start up enterprises through Virgin Start-Up
Helen Walby - alumna - 400x400 Helen Walbey is now running her fourth successful business after taking the plunge and leaving the corporate world behind fifteen years ago. Amongst other ventures Helen is Managing Director of Rideout Motorcycles and Scooters based in Aberdare.

 Rideout is the only scooter salvaging company in Wales. Trading primarily in the online marketplace, the ten year old business has gone from strength to strength and now exports around the world and employs four people.


Helen has completed a Degree and Post Graduate Diploma, she has a lifelong love of learning and is currently studying for a PGCE, and she also lectures at the University on a part-time basis. 

We caught up with Helen to ask her some questions:


What did you study, and when did you graduate?

I've studied a number of courses and graduated initially from the Foundation Degree Business and Enterprise in 2014. I continued on to the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship from a Gender Perspective (2015) and during the same period started towards by PGCE qualification. I'm due to graduate in 2016.

      

What made you choose your Post Graduate course?

European funding meant it was financially accessible for me. Also the part time hours meant I could work and study at the same time, although this did involve some very, very late nights.


What is your favourite memory of the University?

The incredible people I met and the connections I made, the opportunity to develop my critical and analytical skills and just the sheer joy of learning.


How do you think your qualification has helped you?

I established Rideout after graduating and have moved into larger premises. It has also fired a desire in me to do more with my life, so I now sit on the board of a charity. I am setting up a social enterprise and I helped establish the South Wales branch of the Women’s Equality Party. I use the skills I have gained in my roles at Rideout Motorcycles and transfer that passion when working in schools and colleges as a Welsh Government Big Ideas Role Model or when I am mentoring new start up enterprises through Virgin Start-Up.


What have been the key achievements during your career?

Establishing a business when my husband nearly died. Our business folded and we nearly lost our home, Rideout rose from         those ashes and grew year on year during the deepest and longest recession we have had for generations.


What would be your advice to someone wishing to follow your career path?

Don’t give up. Keep making the world a more positive place and remind yourself of all your achievements. Go out there and do what you know you can do.