What is the proudest moment of your career so far?
Returning to work from maternity leave, I wanted to join an organisation that makes a difference to society. Three months after joining the British Safety Council, I was promoted from head of finance to finance director. I joined the organisation at a time of flux in the finance department and helped bring stability and direction to the team. I am very proud of everything my team has achieved. I appreciate the faith and support I have received from my team and my colleagues at the BSC, particularly from our chief executive, Mike Robinson.
What’s your biggest challenge at work?
Change management. As a charity we need to be looking at how we use technology across finance and across the business. I would like to see finance continue to add more value to the company, rather than just crunching numbers.
What do you do outside work?
I work full time, which is why it’s very important to me to spend as much time as I can outside work on fun activities with my son and his dad. I appreciate working somewhere that is flexible and promotes a good work-life balance. I enjoy cooking. I like making things for people I love.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career/life so far?
I admired Margaret Thatcher as a young girl. She was a role model for me, showing that a woman could achieve anything professionally if she puts their mind to it. My father brought me up with a "nothing happens unless you make it happen" mentality. I inherited his drive, determination and passion. I believe I can achieve anything, as confidence is a key to success.
If you had to work in another industry, what would it be?
I would love to work in the wine industry. I enjoy red wine, particularly from the Bordeaux region, learning about new wines and the wine-making process.
Which three people would be at your fantasy dinner party?
Michael Mosley, as I find his personal health explorations fascinating, and the comedians Jenny Eclair and Michael McIntyre.
If you were Prime Minister for the day, what would you do?
I think everyone should be taught how to budget from a young age. This is such an important life skill. If I were PM for the day, I would include budgeting and personal finance in the school syllabus.