I had a fairly peripatetic early upbringing, moving between the UK and more far-flung locations due to my parents’ work in overseas development, before spending my secondary school years in Kent where I attended state grammar school. I realised during my undergraduate degree that law was the profession for me and during the course of my training contract at a magic circle firm became interested in pensions. I joined niche firm Sackers on qualification in 2003 and have been here ever since, advising across the retirement savings space but particularly trustees of occupational pension schemes.
I’ve spent my career to date in a highly meritocratic and inclusive firm where my ability to progress has not once been hampered by my gender, by the fact that I have two children or that I have worked part-time since returning from maternity leave with the first more than a decade ago. I’m acutely conscious though that this isn’t the case everywhere and also that a sustainably diverse and inclusive environment and culture is something that needs to be worked at and about which we should never be complacent.