I’m the middle child of nine children – there are five girls and four boys by the way – this is one of the first questions I always get asked! This was a defining experience for me; it’s when I first felt difference, an invisible difference that has been a source of incredible strength and joy as well as challenge for me.
I’ve always been academic and graduated with a 1st class degree in Computer Science. I then satisfied my long-held desire to work in financial services in the City by training as an accountant with KPMG. Having always felt compelled to progress, I further developed my career in audit with Aspen before joining Liberty Specialty Markets as the Head of Internal Audit. I continued my story of progression when I was appointed Chief Risk Officer by my mid-30s.
But behind the scenes of this progression, I struggled at times with stress and depressive periods, and realising the stigma this still held, I became an advocate of the mental health agenda.
Despite enjoying many aspects of my career, I was going through a lot of personal and professional growth and realised that my life and my career needed to go in a different direction… and so my journey to where I am now began.