‘You will often find me up a mountain in the mo urn es’
Qwhat’s the best piece of business (or life) advice you’ve ever been given? Alisten first, speak second and always look for what you can learn from others. Qwhat piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business? Aanything is possible, do not limit yourself by the self-limiting beliefs of others.
Qwhat Athatwas your best business decision? would definitely be taking this job at the National Trust. QIF you weren’t doing this job, what would be your other career? Apeople development and training. A career where I would be supporting others to fulfil their potential.
Qwhat AIwas your last holiday? Where are you going next? was in Tallinn, Estonia, a few weeks ago and was intrigued by how old and new parts of the city sit side by side and how their young people embrace both. Best vegan restaurants ever!
Qwhatare your hobbies and interests? Atravelling, running, yoga and walking — you will often find me up a mountain in the Mournes.
Qwhat AIis your favourite sport and team? don’t have a favourite, I enjoy seeing how others head up and lead their teams. I’m a regular part of a Mournes walking group, having done the Mourne Way Marathon twice, and the Seven Sevens Challenge.
have you ever played any sports? Atennis is my favourite although I could do with a few lessons!
QIF AIyou enjoy reading, can you recommend a book? love the old classics… Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte would be my all-time favourite. I’ve always got a number of books on the go.
Qhowwould you describe your early life? Adefining in my love for Northern Ireland. I moved here at six years of age and have been in love with the place ever since.
Qhaveyou any economic predictions? Awho knows post-brexit, however, depending on the rate of exchange and other factors, I think we will see tourism continue to grow in Northern Ireland. Qhow would you assess your time in business with the National Trust? Achallenging and fun. Every day is a school day with no two days ever the same.
Qhowdo you sum up working in the tourism/ heritage sector? Avibrant and welcoming — so many passionate people who are as impressive as the amazing buildings and dramatic landscapes we have across the country.