‘Don’ t sit back and wait for in­spi­ra­tion to strike’

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

A al­ways

chal­lenge your­self. You don’t get bet­ter if you don’t push your­self.

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

A cre­ativ­ity is prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant thing in busi­ness, but you have to work at it. You can’t sit back and wait for in­spi­ra­tion to strike. There is so much in­no­va­tion and change in the econ­omy, es­pe­cially in the fi­nan­cial tech­nol­ogy sec­tor and cre­ativ­ity is so im­por­tant to that.

Q what was your best busi­ness de­ci­sion?

A join­ing All­state. In All­state, they re­ally sup­port their staff based on tal­ent and po­ten­tial.

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

A maybe I would run my own tech busi­ness. I think the North­ern Ire­land tech sec­tor is so vi­brant and that’s re­ally ap­peal­ing to a lot of start-ups.

Q what was your last hol­i­day? Where are you go­ing next?

A it’s been a while since I got away on hol­i­day, I’ve got some ex­cit­ing trips com­ing up though. I’m go­ing to Barcelona for a sym­po­sium and then to the All­state of­fices in North­brook in the US. I’m not sure they count as a hol­i­day though.

Q what are your hob­bies/ in­ter­ests?

A when I’m not work­ing I like to just re­lax and spend qual­ity time with my kids.

Q IF you en­joy read­ing, can you rec­om­mend a book?

A IT can be dif­fi­cult to find time to sit down with a good book. I’m in­ter­ested in read­ing Milk­man by Anna Burns, who I saw was the first North­ern Ir­ish woman to win the Man Booker Prize.

Q how would you de­scribe your early life?

A MY early life was good, I was in­ter­ested in tech­nol­ogy from a young age, it’s a life­long pas­sion.

Q have you any eco­nomic pre­dic­tions?

A it’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to make pre­dic­tions with any cer­tainty. But I be­lieve fin­tech has the po­ten­tial to rev­o­lu­tionise the North­ern Ir­ish econ­omy in the years to come.

Q how would you as­sess your time in busi­ness with your com­pany All­state?

A it’s been fan­tas­tic. I’ve been with them now for years and I think a big part of that is be­cause of their will­ing­ness to sup­port and nur­ture tal­ent.

Q how do you sum up work­ing in the sec­tor?

A ex­cit­ing. Fin­tech is one of the fastest grow­ing sec­tors in the UK econ­omy and it’s rel­e­vant to so many busi­nesses. There aren’t two days that are the same and I rel­ish that.

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