I spent 39 and a half years working for Clydesdale Bank, in a variety of roles. I ended my career with them in January 2017 after a nationwide restructure which resulted in the removal of my job role.
I am currently considering the direction I wish to follow for the next few years.
What is your background prior to working for this company/setting up your company?
I was a Business Banking Relationship Manager for 10 years, followed by Private Banking Relationship Management for a further 10 years. Both of these roles offered me the opportunity to build very effective networks in the business community, and beyond, which have been invaluable in my efforts to raise funds for my local hospices in my spare time.
What makes your company and/or your role stand out?
My achievements stand out in view of the fact that all of the fundraising was carried out in my own time and has increased year on year. The variety of events organised has also evolved over the years and The "Vintage Afternoon Tea" at the end of 2016 was the most commented on event I have ever been involved in, and a repeat, with a few tweaks, is already at the planning stages for 2017. Total raised so far is close to £250,000.
What is your area of expertise / inspiration?
Expertise is effective use of my network and working hard to ensure that all who support me are recognised and in turn feel valued. It has been said, time and time again, that many of my contacts have obtained additional contracts and increased their turnover through the exposure I have afforded them whilst fundraising for our local hospices.
What are your plans for the future?
Currently having a career break, whilst I consider my future role. In the meantime, my first fundraising event for 2017, a Burns Supper, is taking place tomorrow night, and is a sell-out. My next event, a New and Nearly New Clothes and Accessories Sale, will take place in early April, both of these events are new to my fundraising calendar this year. I have already been approached by a contact to repeat the Burns Event in 2018 at his venue.
What inspires or motivates you?
I am motivated to raise money for two deserving local hospices because I feel that they provide a wonderful support network to the patients and families in their care, having seen this first hand. It also is a way for me to use my extensive network of friends, customers and contacts to organise events which directly benefit my local community whilst having fun at the same time.