Tell us a little about your background. Why did you decide upon a career in insurance?
I had no idea what I wanted to do when finishing school. I went to University and started a Bachelor of Arts. After four years of swapping and changing degrees, I decided to stop racking up student fees and work full-time in pharmacy. Time flew and after 18 years in pharmacy and disability support, I decided to move into insurance.
A friend at the time was working at UAA, and she told me about an upcoming role in underwriting, of which I had no idea what that meant prior to!
Before I knew it, I had been there for almost six years, and had developed an extremely hard-working ethic in a stressful and fast-paced role. This helped me develop the skills and knowledge required to work in broking.
Coming to NewSure was a hard decision to make, but something I have no regrets about doing as it’s always a joy to come to work.
What did you dream of becoming when you were younger?
I had more right-brain tendencies when I was younger, I was very into art, writing and creative expression and I wanted to be a travel writer.
Which innovative woman do you admire the most and why?
Life can be tough – especially for women – and there are so many amazing female innovators I know and admire. I admire many mothers (and single mothers) who juggle work life and family.
I also admire the many women who are not allowed the simple freedom and rights we may take for granted. I admire any woman who can get through the day, whilst still uplifting and encouraging those around her.
How do you believe Newsure supports women?
When I interviewed at NewSure I pointed out that there were no other female brokers in the business.
This was something that management was trying really hard to change, and since then, the female imbalance has shifted. I believe our business is far better off today for this very reason, than it was when I started.
Since I started I’ve been encouraged to grow as much as possible – the business is really supportive of female staff and recognises their capabilities and potential.