3. And the most difficult challenge you’ve had to overcome?
People may disagree but the thing that makes me smile is being handed shoeboxes full of receipts. I love to discover how people have decided (or not, as the case may be) to file paperwork before calling me in and I love to root through it all and put it into order – one of the biggest smiles I have is when I go back to a client with a clear set of reports on profit and loss, balance, creditors, debtors, and more. They are amazed that I managed to make sense of it. In a similar way, though, it is also the paperwork that keeps me up at night. I never seem to switch off from work, continuing to see early warnings of potential issues as businesses continue to grow.
My colleagues would say I am determined, dedicated and hopefully they would say I am fair.
8. If you could go back 10 years, what would you do differently?
10 years ago I was working in corporate, with large businesses. The only thing I would do differently would be to jump ship earlier, to set up on my own and be bold enough to do it without concern or fear. I did it seven years ago and it was the best decision I have ever made – although I have no regrets, looking back now I would have done it sooner.
9. How do you chill out and relax after a busy day?
I find there is nothing more relaxing than an evening at a beautiful restaurant with good food and good company. A glass of wine with friends can relax you after even the most stressful of days.
Many people would not know that I often have a dog in the office, it is my friends’ dog and I absolutely love having him around.