I am a director at HSBC working on Europe’s biggest trading floor. I run a team that looks after multinational corporates like Unilever, Shell, Nestle for all their financial needs.
I have two young children now aged 6 and 3 and the only times I’ve been promoted at HSBC was when I was on shared parental leave. Everyone’s career journey during parenthood will be wildly different, I remember after I found out I was pregnant with my first little one I felt incredibly overwhelmed, how was this all going to work? It took a while for me to realise that there are so many ways to make it work. So you have to start with, what kind of parent do you want to be? Because every parent is unique. When I decided on my parent goals it was a lot clearer what I needed to make that happen. Now with two kids my top tip will be planning, it’s a dull one but it makes the weeks run so much smoother. We have a huge blackboard in the kitchen and everything goes on there, it’s a blackboard so that when you need to change it you can re-write the plan. My mother in law, a midwife, taught me that you have to keep trying: plan a, plan b, plan c, plan d you just keep going until it works. Don’t be afraid of change lean into it!
I have worked at another bank where I started my now 13 year career and moved to Shell to work on their treasury dealing team before joining HSBC. So I’ve had experience of how different corporations manage people development. Geographically I have worked mostly in London but have worked a stretch in Sydney. I have a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and I am a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Within HSBC but outside my day to day role I am Head of engagement for HSBC employee resource group called Inclusive Europe. I also am part of our DEI working group for my global division which spans over 50 countries. I am in my second year as a coach as part of HSBC coaching initiative where I coach a 7 strong cohort through 9 modules.