The 27-year-old from Belfast is sales manager for Best Parties Ever, the UK’s largest Christmas party provider, which announced that it is expanding its portfolio by launching in Belfast this Christmas, taking its famed festive parties to South 13 Belfast
What is your earliest memory?
Playing games as a child. My favourites would be to pretend I had a shop or Post Office and have my dolls as my customers. I guess I’ve always had a love of selling and organisation. Who is the most important person in your life?
I suppose this would have to be people. In fact, it would be my parents — you can’t choose between your mum and dad. They are totally the people who have moulded me and made me into the person I am today, and are still my closest confidants. Any issues I have, I still go back to my mum and dad — they are truly great listeners and can give impartial advice on any situations.
Shock us — tell us something surprising about yourself
I’m a northern girl by heart — I grew up in Middlesbrough, in the north-east of England, and have slowly moved around the UK since I was 18, with Belfast as my base at the minute.
What is your greatest fear?
Failing to be successful. This is just on a general basis in everyday life. I have very high standards, which sometimes makes me the butt of my friends’ jokes. It gives me an exceptionally high level of tenacity and the desire to push forward and succeed in everything I do, but on the flip-side can make me quite competitive and outspoken.
What makes you most happy?
Being with friends and family, and food — preferably all three together. I am a real foodie and love exploring new places to visit and discovering new food trends. This also extends to my love of holidays. These days, my holidays are based around delicious cuisines I want to eat. I’m also really happy in my work for Best Parties Ever, and giving customers the best Christmas party experience ever.
And your biggest regret?
I like to think that it’s best to live without having any regrets, but if I had to give an answer, I would say that I should have taken time out after I finished university to go travelling. It becomes slightly harder when you have responsibilities and bills to pay.
How do you chill out?
I love to exercise and keep fit, especially if it’s with my friends, on a weekend, followed by a nice brunch. I am also a massive music fan, so switching off to the world with my headphones in always works a treat.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned in your life?
To always admit when you are wrong — it’s not easy to fail at things, but it’s about recognising when you do and striving to do better the next time.
The book, the song and the film that means the most to you and why?
Book — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’m a secret diehard Harry Potter fan, and this one has always been my favourite since I was a child. I can read it over and over and never get bored.
Song — Blue Monday by New Order. It’s one of my dad and brother’s favourite songs too. We listened to a lot of this style of music growing up, and it’s a love I’ve continued into my adulthood.
Film — Beaches. It’s a film that my mum loves, and I always remember watching it when I was younger. It teaches people the meaning of relationships and sticking close to those who mean a lot to you as they don’t live for ever.
If you change one thing about yourself what would it be and why?
To not over-think every situation — sometimes I should definitely be a little more easy-going and let things go over my head a little. Best Parties Ever, part of the Eventist Group, is offering both shared and exclusive Christmas party packages for businesses and teams from 10 to 600 guests. To find out more and book, visit www.bestpartiesever.com