Memories of

Emma Burns

Emma was a great friend and colleague in the HR Community. This book is celebrating and remembering her working life in particular how she encouraged and developed others. Stories her daughters can read and know Emma as a professional working woman.

Book Owner: Alix Meekison
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Linzi Wright

Hi Eve and Lana I worked with your lovely mum at RBS. She was fierce, super organised and had an amazing sense of humour. She talked lots about the two of you and your very different personalities and she loved you both and your dad ever so much.  She gave me lots of advice …

Alix Meekison

Jenny Steele

Hi Eve and Lana, I worked with your Mum at RBS. She was a “client” for me when I helped hire people for her team and the wider HR team. She was really lovely to work with and she really knew her stuff when it came to hiring the best people!  To me she …

Alix Meekison

Louise (Callaghan) Smith

Dear Eve & Lana, I was so very sad to hear about your lovely mummy, she was such a special and kind lady. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with both of you and your daddy. I used to work with your mum nearly 20 years ago at Coca-Cola Enterprises, before she had married …

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Debbie Black

To Eve and Lana,  I worked very closely with your Mummy when we were both at BG.  I have to say I was a little scared of her when I first met her, but I very quickly realised what a supporter of women she was. Also how important your Daddy and you both were …

Alix Meekison

Barbara Wilson

I only knew Emma for few short months having been engaged by Baillie Gifford to provide her with some coaching support to help her cope with her cancer and manage her return to work. I visited her at home on a cold and wintery day in January 2020 and despite her illness she was …

Barbara Wilson

Lesley McGeoch

Dear Eve and Lana,  the very first thing I remember when I think of your mummy is her HUGE smile!  I worked with her in HR in RBS.  She was super to work with – she was always helpful, very professional, held very high standards and made sure everyone did what they were meant …

Alix Meekison

Giada Foniciello

It is difficult to articulate the impact that Emma had on so many people during her time at Baillie Gifford. She is somebody I am so glad I had the privilege to meet during my early career as she showed that you could be a career focused and ambitious working mum. I’ll never forget …

Jude Ferguson (Benningwood)

Dear Eve and Lana, I know you (and your Daddy) must miss your Mummy very, very much.  She was a very special person and had a great sense of humour.  We were pregnant at the same time in 2011 and I remember one day shuffling up and down the Street at RBS Gogarburn with …

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Richard Fulham

Eve and Lana,  Your mum was really great at her job, but more importantly a really great person.  Emma was always professional and dealt with work challenges in a calm and smart way.  As I got to know Emma a little bit it was clear to me that she was a loving, kind friend …

Alix Meekison

Susan Allen

Dear Eve and Lana I was so very sorry to hear the news about your Mummy. I am sure you don’t need any of her work colleagues to tell you how special she was, because you know that. But as well as being a wonderful Mummy she was a fantastic friend to many, many …

Alix Meekison

Kym Hudson

Hi Eve and Lana. Firstly I need to say how sorry I am that you have lost your mummy so young, but also to say that you should know she was a very special person – of course you already know that! I worked with Emma some years ago when we were building a …

Alix Meekison

Caroline Mellor

I was so sad to hear that Emma was no longer with us  and I have so many memories I could share with her beautiful girls.     Emma and I joined the RBS Insurance team at the same time.   We turned up at a lovely country house hotel on the outskirts of …

Alix Meekison

Kate Wood

I worked with Emma at RBS which could sometimes involve days that were long and tough.  That meant people could be a bit snappy with each other – but Emma made people behave!  She had a wonderful way of making sure things were done sensibly but with an enormous grin, which made you want …

Alix Meekison

Tony Williams

I worked with your mummy for a number of years at RBS and remember her as funny, smart and always looking for the good in people. Some people will say she worked in support of the group HR Director but let me tell you a secret. It was the other way round! We all …

Alix Meekison

Monica Aikman

Girls, where to start describing your wonderful mum? Emma was quite simply, a treasure. Driven, determined, ambitious and full of fun! We worked together in our early days at RBS and as Dad will share, that time together grew into a much loved friendship group as mum passed many milestones and achievements along the …

Alix Meekison

Eileen Boyle

My memories of your wonderful fun loving , energetic , confident mum are : I loved working with her in RBS in particular during our time in Corporate Banking HR. We shared many a journey to London and overnight stays. It was hard but fun work and my memories of Emma are always around …

Alix Meekison

Susan O’Donnell

So…what can I say about your mummy Lana and Eve? Well…she was an amazing, fun, fit and crazy lady who I learnt a lot from and had great fun with too. My favourite memories would be in the gym where we were both super competitive around burpees, running, booking PT sessions and ensuring we …

Alix Meekison

Jenn Gillespie

Your mum was a strong, hardworking, fun woman. She always shared stories of the family and how proud she was of her girls. You usually could hear Emma before you could see her as she was always happy and laughing! We always shared our diet plans in a bid to loose our baby weight.. …

Alix Meekison

Grace Baxter

My memories of Emma are all so positive, and all the more sad because of this.  The last time I saw her was at the Balmoral in Edinburgh where she was smiling hello to me from across the room – I wish I had gotten to speak to her that evening.  My first memory …

Alix Meekison

Emma Dolan

Dear Eve and Lana I worked with your lovely Mummy in the HR team at RBS Insurance 2007-08. She gave me loads of encouragement and support at a time when I needed it, and was a really caring colleague. She was a hugely capable leader and lots of fun too – I can still …

Alix Meekison

Pam Simmons

I had the pleasure of of ‘hot desking’ next to Emma on a number of occassions whilst she worked as a Senior HR Business Partner in RBS Services.  She had an awesome smile and an even better laugh!  Emma was a bright, considered and thoughtful professional with an authentic and direct style.  She stood …

Alix Meekison

Monica Chan

Hi, Eve and Lana, This is Auntie Monica from Hong Kong.  I saw your beautiful pictures when I went to your mum’s office.  When we talked about you two, she was so proud of you and always had a great smile on her face.  When I first met your mum in Jan 2019, she …

Alix Meekison

Elsa Critchley

I worked with Emma initially at RBS where she was an energetic and driven HR professional, juggling multiple projects and delivering at pace. Amongst other roles I knew her best when she worked as part of a busy HR Director’s office and she managed to not only get things done, but also maintain relationships …

Alix Meekison

Pauline Lindsay

Emma was an incredible professional. I knew her when she was Executive Assistant to the Global HR Director at RBS during the early/mid 2000s, a role that requires incredible capability, organisation and intellect.  Emma had all of that in bucket-fulls and the potential to do the job of any of the senior HR team …

Pauline Lindsay

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