I am the Managing Director and Insolvency Practitioner of The Debt Advisor Ltd based in Old Trafford, Manchester. The services that we deliver cover non-lending debt solutions to both individuals and businesses in the England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
I was born and initially raised in Northern Rhodesia (which is now Zambia) and I moved to South Africa when I was still young. In my early twenties I moved to the North-West of England and was fortunate to receive the opportunity to work for a well-known chartered accountancy business now known as Deloittes.
One of the managers at this business was originally from South Africa and informed me that a vacancy existed within the insolvency department. For the initial weeks there I felt as if I’d been transported to a different planet with a completely new language!
Following seventeen years employment with Deloitte, in 2000 I decided to set-up The Debt Advisor and The Business Debt Advisor.
For ten years I have been a campaigner working to ensure that non lending debt solutions are fit for purpose. I have constructed a strong team that truly understands the negative and pervasive effects that debt can have on a person’s life.
During my teenage years I worked for a period as a casino croupier in Sun City. It was great fun being independent and living amongst hundreds of people of a similar age. I do remember some gamblers losing their entire livelihoods on the gaming tables. Gamblers sometimes seemed intent to “break the bank” and I would tell them to take a break. Some would take the advice but others failed to do so. This was an education in terms of seeing how devastating some compulsive addictions can be.
We now work with a psychotherapist who delivers “soft-skills” training to our team and who is also available to help any of our clients that might be finding the wider implications of their debt difficult.
We are well placed and resourced to assist clients to regain control of their financial affairs and are fortunate to have won several awards for having done so. It is rewarding to see letters and emails from our clients that we have assisted to get their financial position and lives back on track.
I have three teenage children who have widened my music interests! Can’t say I care much for drum n base apart from Pendulum! But I do love being a rock chick – the less said the better. In June last year I took up golf - can hit my 5 wood 200 yards but my putter does not work!