What is your background?
I held PA roles in the UK with McCann-Erickson and Atlantic Public Relations before moving to Australia for a few years where I worked in a variety of interesting PA and EA roles at AXA Australia, Zurich Capital Markets, Deutsche Bank and Multiplex. On my return to the UK in 2006 I worked at Macdonald Estates as PA to the CEO and at Hill International as PA to the Senior Vice President.
Can you tell me what you think is special about Dunedin?
I think Dunedin is extremely unique in the industry. It is more like a family than a company and having worked in several different industries over the years it is great to work with many people with such integrity and manners and for a company that is so transparent in everything that they do. It is also a company that has retained staff for many years which speaks volumes.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I have ever received is that no act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted. I was also taught to always treat people how I would want to be treated and I try to bring all these acts and good qualities into my everyday working life. Also in one of my very first jobs I was told to “always answer the phone with a smile” as it is business imperative. I totally agree! One can’t deny the power of a smile in communication both face to face and over the phone!
Who or what inspires you?
Definitely my husband and my family. They all have a great work ethic and inspire me to do better in everything I do!
Describe a societal challenge you have been inspired to support?
I was inspired to support The Motor Neuron Disease Association when I learnt of someone in their 30’s who was so fit and who had so much to look forward to in life but had been diagnosed with MND. I just don’t think there is enough being done to find a cure for this terminal disease. I also support the Alzheimer Association as a family member and a family friend have both been diagnosed with it.