I joined Gordon and Emma in November, 1999. Prior to this my working background was in Banking and Building Societies. I did have a 5 year spell at the Lion Inn, Blakey which is a local Public House and Hotel in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors. My real love was finance so after bringing up my three children to school age it was time to return. I took up a full time position with a local Building Society.
My current role with Active as Office Manager is very enjoyable. Keeping the office in order the best way I know how, with the great team of staff I work with, this is not a difficult task.
My administration roles have changed lots of times over the years, working for several companies under the Active Banner. It is still nice to speak to introducers that I first spoke to all those years ago, I tell them I am part of the furniture when they are shocked I am still here.
My family is my life – my job keeps me sane. I have three grown up children and now have three Grandchildren. I help out with childcare to allow their parents to work and go to University, just as my parents did for us.
I realised a long time ago that a company, no matter how big or small, is a reflection of the owner, Managing Director or Founder. With this in mind I have always been passionate about providing a service that is built on integrity and trust. The challenge always becomes finding others that share your vision. I have been incredibly lucky over the years to work with some highly talented people and I think I’m happiest when I’m passing on experiences and helping people reach their potential.
You can imagine with over 40 years in the industry I have seen the financial services market change, some improvements and some catastrophes. Our philosophy has been consistent – do the very best for our clients and guess what, they will keep using you.
It’s not rocket science! As I’m nearing retirement I would like to thank all the many clients and friends that have support both me and the company. I feel confident that going forward the team are motivated by the same values that I have tried to instil.
When I am not working hard within the business I enjoy all sport, mainly football. Sadly I’m a Middlesbrough season ticket holder and we have had some lean years. We are back in the Premier League so expectation is high. I enjoy spending time with my family; I am a musician and enjoy regular visits to my second home in Lake Como