Celia Sawyer Working Mother Interview

Posted: Friday May 22 2020

By: Abbie Coleman

As a self-made multi-millionaire businesswoman Celia Sawyer is inundated with mail from people from all walks of life wanting advice on everything from growing or starting a business to how to keep in shape.  Her passion is to find ways to help inspire and advise individuals and businesses to achieve their ultimate goals, as she is a prime example that you can turn your dreams into a reality, having left school at 15 with few qualifications Celia has always relied on her unflinching self-belief.


With a growing fan base Celia Sawyer continues to juggle the dynamic world of television and her own successful interior design business. Celia is the owner of exclusive Knightsbridge interior design company Celia Sawyer Luxury Interiors, with a portfolio across the globe.  Away from television Celia is married and a mother of two, looking after home life and work commitments is just one of her achievements.  Celia won Inspirational Woman of the Year in 2013 and Four Rooms won a highly prestigious Royal Television Society award in 2014, as well as Best Business Programme in the 2014 Reality Awards.

lia Sawyer MMB Magazine Interview

What were or are the biggest challenges you faced going back in to the work place after children?

Organising the best child-care so that I could be organised myself. One of the biggest challenges was the working hours and making sure I ran my business effectively in the day, to ensure I could be back in time for the children after child care or school

How do you achieve your work life balance of career woman and mother?    

I get up really early and have each section of the day planned carefully so that all the time when the children are at school is utilised to run the business, meaning I have time for the children when their day is finished

If you could give your past self-one piece of advice about being a working mother what would it be?     

That it’s probably going to get easier; at the beginning it’s really hard leaving your child with a stranger whilst out at work, however you do get used to it and it does become easier so don’t panic

Have your career goals and aspirations altered since becoming a working mother from that prior to your children?

Yes. I probably would have worked even harder if I didn’t have children however there needs to be enough time to make sure they are brought up and are happy

What are your future goals in your career path in the next few years, what do you hope to achieve?

I have lots of goals, too many to discuss but one in particular is a mentoring scheme to help business people and people such as working mother’s in all aspects of self-confidence and personal growth

What is the best piece of business advice you have been given?        

Get yourself on the map

If you could recommend one book to our readers leisure or business what would it be?

Jonathan Livingston – Seagull

Question from previous interviewee Caprice Bourret:  I would love to ask, how has having children impacted your profession?

It hasn’t impacted very much as I’ve been very good at organising my time, so it’s managed equally between my children and my working day

What question would you wish to ask our next working mother who takes this short interview?

Does leaving your children with someone else bother you, that you may miss a key stage in their growth? Ie. A first word or something different

Read more of our MMB Magazine working parent interview here