What is your current job and how long have you been doing it for?
I have been with the bank for over 6 years in various roles, however I took a secondment to Guernsey 14 months ago and I presently work as a Corporate Relationship Director that looks after a portfolio of primarily International Subsidiary Clients – generally this means agency banks, captive insurers, professional service firms and a small mix of trust & fund admin.
What does a typical day at the office look like for you?
Typically, where possible, I like to get out and meet 1 or 2 clients/ prospects / key professionals a day – what happens during and around this will help shape my activity. Fair to say I tend to find my self reactively tied to my desk with various internal matters more often than I would like.
Today I started the day around 8:30 by putting a client in Las Vegas in touch with colleagues in Hong Kong to start discussions on a facility for a new acquisition. This was followed by a team meeting and a catch up on some pressing internal matters. I then managed to make my excuses in the office to allow me to meet with one of my clients who is a global insurer. This afternoon I shall be speaking with a colleague in Canada with respect to reporting on a local client, another one in Qatar to get their support for a debt opportunity and writing a credit application & renewal in between!
If you weren’t doing your current job what would you like to do?
I’d like to be more active! Loved sport when I was younger but dodgy knees (and probably a lack of ability) meant I couldn’t do anything with this. I’m not entirely sure what I would like to do otherwise, but I’d definitely like to be outside more.
What was your first job?
At 14 (after my paper round) I took a job at a civil service members club serving food. I went on the bar at 16 and worked a couple of other retail jobs whilst at college and a few summer roles whilst at Uni. I kept the bar job right through until I was probably 19/20 when they shut the place down! It wasn’t quite the league of gentleman but it was a quirky place, I used to be allowed to drink whilst I worked – it’s pretty much where my love of beer started.
How long have you been involved in YBG and what have you got out of being a member?
I was invited along by a colleague pretty soon after arriving in Guernsey. I didn’t actually officially join until the end of last/start of this year but YBG has been really useful personally from a social perspective. What I have also found about Guernsey is that the social and professional are never too far apart.
What is your favourite thing to do in Guernsey?
Get outside! Nothing makes me feel positive like seeing the sun reflecting off the sea – I get that on my walk to work most mornings. Last year for my birthday I decided to run the cliffs, that has views as beautiful as anywhere I have been. Looking forward for the sun this year so I can do the same again.
Which three people would you have at your dinner table and why?
I’m not really sure on this one but off the top of my head…
The Queen – no one will have had the kind of experiences she has, get a few vino’s down her and i’m sure she will have some great stories
Heston Blumenthal – if Liz is coming I will need some one better than me to do the cooking
George Best – Footballing legend and (self destructive nature to one side) the man knew how to entertain