What is your role at Brunsdon Financial?
I am an Employee Benefits Administrator.
How did you come to your role?
I came to work at Brunsdon Financial when I realised that I enjoyed working on the Group Risk side of Employee Benefits. The role here was a great opportunity to pursue this career avenue. I now have the added benefit of the office being conveniently located within walking distance of my house; a healthy change from my previous train commute.
What do you like most about your role?
I have a secret love for spreadsheets, which I work on every day. I also value our client relationships; it’s a nice change working in a smaller company with a more personalised service.
If you could wave a magic wand to achieve anything you wanted at work, what would it be?
I would love an on-site gym, that would be really cool!
What experiences have you had which have helped you in your career to date?
I have completed three Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) exams to date, achieving my Certificate in Financial Services (Life and Pensions route). Studying for these exams really helped my understanding of Employee Benefits at the start of my career. I am currently working towards GR1 Group Risk certification.
What has been your best career achievement so far?
Moving to Brunsdon Financial has been a great investment in my career; I have a clearer idea of the direction I’d like to take. I started out in a Multi-Functional Client Support role in my previous company, working on both Pensions and Group Risk. However, I have found a passion for Group Risk and Flexible Benefits while working at Brunsdon Financial, and I’m now working towards becoming a Group Risk Consultant in the future.
Who are your role models?
My Dad is my biggest role model. He’s worked hard and made the best of life’s opportunities. I will always be grateful for the amount of time he invested in my sporting hobbies when I was younger, especially football.
Can you tell us an interesting fact about you?
I used to play football in a women’s league until recently due to injury. I am a huge football fan and have just set up an outdoor area with projector to watch the Euros.
Outside of work, what do you like to do?
I love mountain biking, road cycling and CrossFit. During lockdown, I have completed six virtual cycling challenges, my favourite being the Kruger Trail. I also have a beautiful Lurcher, so we spend lots of time outdoors.
How would you like to be remembered, a) by your friends and family and b) by your Brunsdon Financial colleagues and clients?
I’d hope to be thought of as happy and helpful by all. It’s possible that from a work point of view I’d be thought of as the lady who never makes the tea and coffee, although that’s not my first choice for how I’d like to be remembered!