Where did you start your career?
I started work at 16 at a local Derby company Abbey Glass in a multi process role as a Sales and Purchase Ledger Administrator and Receptionist. It was the only job I applied for and I got the role working in a lovely family owned company for 3 years. In 1985 I decided to take on a bigger challenge and joined Rolls Royce as a Material Controller, which was the start of a 31 year career in both the Aerospace and Nuclear sectors of the company.
What is your greatest professional achievement?
I became an Executive Senior Manager at Rolls Royce in 2011 and this was the proudest moment of my long career there. During my career, I travelled to the Far East, America and Germany and met many interesting and inspiring people. Because of hard work and perseverance, I was fortunate to work in Management positions in Finance, Manufacturing, Logistics, Planning and Supply Chain gaining a wealth of experience whilst coaching, developing and mentoring my team and others to succeed and gain job satisfaction. I am passionate about this, as I truly believe that the measure of being successful is not just about your salary, but is about, being happy in what you are doing from when you wake up to when you go to sleep at night! I sometimes look back and think how proud I am of how much I achieved in a predominantly male environment.
What made you make the decision to retire early?
I had just turned 50 and hit an extremely difficult period in my life. I was in the process of going through a divorce, my Dad had just passed away suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a cruel illness, and I needed to be there for my Mum. I felt I needed to take my life in a different direction. Thankfully, I was fortunate to be in a position financially to take time out and look for a new way of life.
What are your plans for the future?
I will definitely continue to spend quality time with my Mum and my beautiful dog Zak as they mean the world to me. I now have a small portfoilo of property that I manage with my partner. I have always been interested in developing properties and by running my own business, it gives me the freedom to work as a volunteer at Savvy Social where I can offer my skills in Finance and Management to help a programme that supports young people and vulnerable adults to obtain valuable skills and work experience.