‘Golf and rugby are my pas­sions out­side work’

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Qwhat’s the best piece of busi­ness (or life) ad­vice you’ve ever been given? AMY

dad al­ways said: “Love all, trust a few and al­ways pad­dle your own ca­noe.” Qwhat

piece of ad­vice would you pass on to some­one start­ing out in busi­ness? Akeep

close to what you are do­ing. There will be times when you can del­e­gate and times when you can take a step back to fo­cus on other mat­ters, but there is no sub­sti­tute for driv­ing a busi­ness or a ca­reer from the front and from the back, al­ways plac­ing your­self front and cen­tre of ev­ery­thing, get­ting fully in­volved and mak­ing things hap­pen. I am also a great be­liever in get­ting your spe­cial­i­sa­tion honed and stick­ing to what you know. Trust as well.

Qwhat

was your best busi­ness de­ci­sion? Aalthough

I trained as a char­tered ac­coun­tant with a Big Four firm, I had the op­por­tu­nity to work within the cor­po­rate fi­nance ad­vi­sory team at the IDB, which later evolved to be­come In­vest NI. Dur­ing my time at IDB, I learnt in­valu­able con­sul­tancy skills, had the op­por­tu­nity to travel the world on key as­sign­ments and learnt a lot about global and lo­cal eco­nomics. I also made many con­tacts and friends whilst work­ing there, many of whom are still close friends to­day. I truly be­lieve this was a crit­i­cal and fun­da­men­tal time in my ca­reer. QIF

you weren’t do­ing this job, what would be your other ca­reer? Abe­lieve

it or not I had wanted to be a pi­lot as I love fly­ing and find it ex­cit­ing but my eye­sight was never up to it. Now I just get to be a pas­sen­ger. Qwhat was your last hol­i­day? Where are you go­ing next? AMY last hol­i­day was with friends in New York and we had a fan­tas­tic time. It truly is one of my favourite cities in the world. My youngest daugh­ter lives and works in Ed­in­burgh so my next hol­i­day is with my fam­ily cel­e­brat­ing the New Year in Ed­in­burgh.

Qwhat

are your hob­bies/ in­ter­ests? Agolf is my pas­sion out­side work be­cause it gets me out walk­ing and en­joy­ing fresh air. I also like to spend as much time as I can up on the North Coast where I en­joy go­ing for long walks and a pint of Guin­ness.

Qwhat

is your favourite sport and team? Arugby and Ul­ster — I am a sea­son ticket holder and love the at­mo­sphere at Kingspan Sta­dium. Ire­land host­ing the Rugby World Cup will be fan­tas­tic for the en­tire is­land of Ire­land. Bring it on!

Qand

have you ever played any sports? Ayes ab­so­lutely, in par­tic­u­lar I played rugby at school but be­ing hon­est, I am a bet­ter spec­ta­tor than I was a player.

QIF

you en­joy read­ing, can you rec­om­mend a book? Are­ally en­joyed the Stieg Lars­son tril­ogy and I would also rec­om­mend Chris Evans’ au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. I was read­ing it on a beach in Por­tu­gal a few years ago whilst on hol­i­day when he walked past me with his fam­ily — that was a strange co­in­ci­dence.

John en­joys spend­ing time go­ing for long walks on the North Coast

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