Making things happen is my bag. Ideas into process, and vision into reality. Interestingly, it’s the small things that people overlook that I enjoy working through the most. All to create something that makes the lives of both the business, our staff and our clients, easier.
I’ve been lucky throughout my career to always have people around me that wanted to be a part of my journey. From support when I was a full-time working mum, to climbing the career ladder. I do also think that this has come down to my grit. It would have been easy to be overlooked, and I think that’s the challenge that young women in finance face, if they are not pushing all the time for their next opportunity, they can be forgotten – however pushing constantly can also create the gender stereotypes of ‘iron woman’ or being too ‘bossy’. The focus should be on employers to empower all their staff so that everyone can perform to the best of their ability, in whatever field they are in.
In my spare time I might be climbing a mountain (Kilimanjaro was my last adventure), eating good food at my favourite restaurants, or with my two boys – when they’re not busy carving out their own careers! Coincidentally it was my youngest that convinced me to climb Kilimanjaro, on the most intense route – I’ve still not forgiven him.
To discuss entrepreneurship, or building a career whilst being a mother, you can contact Tiba at firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Operations
My job is all encompassing, I work across finance, HR and a bit of everything else too, but one of my favourite things to do is try to stop people spending too much money. Marketing, I’m looking at you. Essentially, without me, the business couldn’t run, and I love the challenges that are presented to me on a daily basis by my team (who seem to really enjoy breaking stuff!).
I feel that being a female in the finance industry absolutely could have held me back – making things happen without shouting at people didn’t seem to be achievable by senior managers as I was starting out in my career. I decided then that as I moved through the ranks, as it were, I would not be that kind of manager. I still live by that now and like to think that respect both ways is a huge part of my team’s cohesion (my team might tell you I’m scary. Don’t believe them). I joined MFS nearly from the beginning and like to think that this ethos is still embedded now, just across a much larger team than when we started out!
In my time outside of work – I don’t call it ‘spare’ because it never seems to be! – you can find me sipping tea (my team will tell you I’m a tea addict, you can believe that one) or sampling a range of beverages in a local café or bar.
To discuss how it feels to be a senior manager in finance, you can contact Sharon at email@example.com
Having worked in the finance industry for over 15 years, I am well established in my sector & familiar to the many nuances. I have always been very ambitious in my career & aim to continually better myself. I think this ambition has given me the power to succeed in a sometimes male dominated environment. It’s important to not be intimidated or put off from achieving your goals.
During my career I have supported many C-Suite leaders & have managed to learn an awful lot from all of them. Interestingly, my type of role is often heavily female dominated & sometimes comes with a variety of stereotypes. I have always felt the need to prove my worth in these situations. Although I am now at a stage in my career where I feel respected & can add valuable insight to various situations. I do not feel that being female has held me back in anyway. Just perhaps the opinions of certain individuals needed to change, which I think happens continually. Working at MFS is a breath of fresh air & it has made me appreciate how vital a diverse work force really is. Being valued for the work that you do is a big part of our ethos. Gender does not & never should come into this.
Outside of work, I enjoy eating out & spending time with my friends. I’m a keen gym goer too. My absolute passion though, is shoes. Lots & lots of shoes. I think the obsession started when I was five or six years old and has developed into a 400 pair problem!
To discuss having a fast paced, high pressure role, you can contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org
I like to think I’m the chief of making things fun & informative (Doesn’t sound that fun, does it?). However, finance has historically been viewed as an industry that thinks it’s better than everyone else, which alienates the very clients we are looking to help. I’m here to change that.
I don’t feel that I’ve been held back in my career as a marketer by being female, as the marketing industry is fairly evenly split. However, in a senior role, it has felt to be a bit of a barrier when trying to discuss process change. There felt to be a view that I should stick to making things pretty and stay out of strategic decision making. Interestingly, the percentage of females drops significantly when it comes to positions in senior marketing roles. I can quite happily say however, that MFS has not felt like that at all, with the team buying into projects I am running wholeheartedly – regardless of whether they are male or female (& I manage to annoy everyone evenly).
In my spare time I try to be an overnight adventurer, I love camping, hiking, and generally getting out when I can, as well as being a certificate addict – I’m a big fan of a random qualification – my most unrelated? Probably Nutrition and Health. So, if you need a food plan that’s about 5 years behind the industry, I’m your woman.
If you want to discuss marketing, whether it be in finance or a career in another industry, you can contact Leah at email@example.com
Although my job sounds quite complicated…actually, it is complicated. But anything to do with numbers and I’m there. I’ve always loved maths, so this role is perfect for me. The process of understanding how to get to an end figure is what I enjoy most about my job. And without me, forecasting and reporting wouldn’t be done.
I don’t feel that I’ve been held back in finance being female. However, I do see it in the wider industry. I am looking to do further financial qualifications, and one in particular, I would be the first female to have completed it. It’s 2020, that seems mad to me. I think what’s really good is having a group of strong people around me – both male and female, that have ambition and want to progress. That’s pretty motivating for everyone. Working directly with a CEO that recognises not only my current skill set, but also my potential, has also pushed me to progress consistently throughout my time here.
In my spare time you can find me at a concert. Truth be told, I was a bit of a rocker in my younger days – and revisiting that is a lot of fun! Other than that, I’ll be listening to jazz, or metal, or anything really – I’m all about the music.
To discuss starting out in a career in financial analysis, you can contact Roxy at firstname.lastname@example.org
My job is essentially seeing deals through from beginning to end. I deal with brokers mainly and help them to get the best solution for their clients. My role is almost half relationship management and half underwriting, luckily – I’m great at both! I love the analytic side of my role, designing the how and why of a deal, and understanding the risks and returns that could be achieved, but calling a broker and letting them know we are able to deliver what they need? That’s my favourite.
I don’t feel that I’ve been held back in finance as a female. However, I know of friends that have had a tougher time. I’ve been lucky to work for a start-up, which was modern and up to date in its approach to everything, and MFS, where all staff are encouraged to progress and grow.
In my spare time I’m a social butterfly! My weekends are spent with friends, or family – playing board games – eating good food – or going to the pub. I also try to get out wakeboarding as much as possible, which isn’t particularly easy in London!
To discuss the day to day of an underwriting career, or any potential deals you may have, you can contact Nina for more info at email@example.com.