‘Trust your gut and also rely on your in tu­ition’

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Qwhat’s the best piece of busi­ness (or life) ad­vice you’ve ever been given? Atrust your gut in de­ci­sion mak­ing. Anal­y­sis, re­search and ex­pe­ri­ence are of course essen­tial, but I rely also on my in­tu­ition. Qwhat piece of ad­vice would you pass on to some­one start­ing out in busi­ness? Athat would be to find an ex­pe­ri­enced and trusted men­tor, who is not afraid to chal­lenge you con­struc­tively on your de­ci­sions and strat­egy. Qwhat

was your best busi­ness de­ci­sion? AMY

best busi­ness de­ci­sion was walk­ing away from a deal which just didn’t feel right de­spite the months of ef­fort that had been put into get­ting it to that stage. It takes courage to do a deal and courage to know when to walk away. QIF

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

would def­i­nitely be run­ning my own busi­ness. Qwhat

was your last hol­i­day? Where are you go­ing next? AMY

most re­cent hol­i­day was to Sar­dinia with my fam­ily. It was won­der­ful and a wel­come time to re­lax, but I’m al­ready look­ing for­ward to long week­end in Mar­bella with the girls. Qwhat

are your hob­bies/ in­ter­ests? Aout­side work, I love to so­cialise and re­ally en­joy be­ing ac­tive and fam­ily days out.


is your favourite sport and team? AI have al­ways taken great plea­sure from sport and love sup­port­ing Ire­land, es­pe­cially dur­ing the Six Na­tions rugby. Along with my hus­band Gary, we try to get to at least one game each year.


have you ever played any sports? AI have played lots of bas­ket­ball, es­pe­cially at school and uni­ver­sity where I cap­tained my team at Lough­bor­ough Uni­ver­sity.


you en­joy read­ing, can you rec­om­mend a book? AI would rec­om­mend Si­mon Sinek’s It Starts with Why. I be­lieve it con­tains in­valu­able lessons for any busi­ness leader.


would you de­scribe your early life? AI am the youngest of seven so my early life was be­ing spoilt with at­ten­tion by my par­ents and si­b­lings. I am so grate­ful to have had a happy and se­cure up­bring­ing and owe so much to my very hard­work­ing par­ents.


you any eco­nomic pre­dic­tions? AI

think in these un­cer­tain times, it is tough to make any solid eco­nomic pre­dic­tions. How­ever, from the port’s point of view, we are bullish about our fu­ture and see con­tin­ued growth in the com­ing years re­gard­less of the out­come of Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions. No mat­ter what the land­scape, there are al­ways op­por­tu­ni­ties, some­times it’s just more dif­fi­cult to see them.


would you as­sess your time with the port? AIT has been ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing in equal mea­sure.


do you sum up work­ing at the port? AI have a su­per team around me and spec­tac­u­lar views across Car­ling­ford Lough to en­joy every day.

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