‘Golf and rugby are my passions outside work’
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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