Describe a typical day at Entire FS.
I get in early, usually before 8am. Catch up on emails and check in with the support team.
Then it’s down to client work, preparing for meetings, research and speaking to clients. Meeting clients, being influential in their biggest investment, sharing my knowledge is the part of the job I love.
How long have you been with the company?
Since April 2016, although I have been in Financial services for 30yrs, my experience is within the Mortgage market, from being a Mortgage adviser in my early years, working for lenders for 23yrs roles include Underwriter, business development manager, for both Mortgages and Protection to area mortgage manager in retail banks and now back to advising.
When you were a child, what job did you want to do?
A policewoman, in the Metropolitan police, I really wanted to leave home! I decided to travel instead.
Work in silence or with music, background chatter and noise?
My school report always said… Works hard but easily distracted, so music is good but when too loud I do get distracted
What’s your greatest moment working here so far?
Growing the team, I have been involved with the recruitment of mortgage advisers and our support team, we have great personalities and still growing and although a small company try to encourage a corporate mentality, in a family environment.
What’s your drink of choice while you’re working?
Green tea, we have a great tea fairy who provides a constant supply during the day…
And when you’re not working?
A tough decision between Gin & tonic and a coconut mojito, but with a collection of 24 varieties of Gin I have plenty of choice.
Name the best place you’ve ever visited.
Without question the Maldives, it is paradise on earth. I was introduced to snorkelling here and fell in love with the marine life.
And how about the place that’s currently top of your ‘to visit’ list?
Japan is next on my list, skiing in January, luckily my step daughter will be working there from December, so my Husband and I are very excited to visit and ski in the infamous powder snow.
If you have the choice between staying in and going out, which do you normally choose and what do you normally do?
Family & Friends socialising are always top of my list and as we have just had a bar built in our garden, our family and friends will be flocking to see us, so ‘staying in’ is the new ‘going out’.
What’s the one talent you have that people in your office are unaware of?
Not a talent but an interesting fact– when I was 18 I left home to travel and I lived on a Kibbutz in Israel for 12mths. I worked picking fruit, weeding, driving tractors, working in the Kitchen and learning Hebrew in the Kindergarten. The world has become a much smaller place and travelling is high on my list of priorities.
What would your ‘Desert Island’ disc, film and book be?
I have a very eclectic taste in music so my desert island disc would be a compilation from my iTunes playlists, mainly RnB, Mowtown and pop music.
The film would be Cayote Ugly, I love a good chick flick film and dancing in bars!
The book would be anything written by Sophie Kinsella, having read all of her shopaholic books, I love ‘Can you keep a secret’ it made me laugh out loud.
Do you prepare well in advance or are you a ‘last minute’ person?
If you Fail to plan you plan to fail. So I don’t like being unprepared or late.
DIY or call an expert?
I love Pinterest and have some great ideas saved for future projects, I love DIY and married to the best DIY expert, between us we have had some great projects and our kids regularly call for our skills, knowledge and cheap labour. My best skill is painting and wallpapering, although I am very good at Sewing and made all the curtains and blinds for our home.
If you had to compete at the Olympics, in any event, real or fake, what would you choose?
Seb Coe & Steve Ovett were my childhood heroes, and I loved the competitiveness between the two of them. I was a very good middle distance runner at school and held the 800m and 1500m school records for 8yrs. I also ran for my town and Cheshire, so it would be competing at the Olympics against Kelly Holmes
Do you ‘do’ Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? Are they useful?
I only use facebook to keep in touch with many friends abroad, and may post the occasional holiday snap.
Physical book or e-book? Do you still buy a paper? Which one?
I haven’t read a book in ages, too busy checking out Pinterest, I never need to buy a magazine or cookbook again.
On a scale of 1-10, 1 being ‘not at all’, how clued up on technology do you feel you are?
Probably a 7… I have to say Glyn has totally organised my work tech life, and now I am pretty competent on my ipad, iphone and laptop.