This month the spotlight is on Sallie Bright…
Q: What is your role at J Finance Ltd?
A: I wear a number of hats within the company. I am responsible for all the marketing and the accounts. I am also the HR and payroll department! As a Director I also get involved in business planning and decision making. Jonathan, the Managing Director is my husband so many business decisions get made on holiday when we have time to think and plan. Over the years as the company has grown my role has got bigger and more varied.
Q: How long have you worked at J Finance?
A: I have worked for J Finance almost since it started in 2002 and I became Director. My children were still quite young but initially I did the book-keeping and processed all the commissions, since then my role has grown and the hours I work have also increased significantly.
Q: What do you like best about working with J Finance?
A: I generally work from home which was convenient when my children were growing up and we live some 60 miles away from the office. Now the children have grown up we have dogs, so I still work from home quite a bit but with modern technology I am able to do most of my work using the internet and phone. I’m not sure I could do the journey every day!
Q: Describe your typical day
A: Every day is different for me – but most days involve working on the computer, be it putting together articles for our monthly newsletter, processing payroll, speaking to recruitment agencies, working with the staff in the office to resolve issues or processing the accounts.
Q: What makes you happy?
A: My family makes me happy! I love it when we all get together, although these opportunities become less frequent but more special. Fortunately, they still enjoy coming away with us and we spent a lovely week with the family in Devon earlier this summer. I also love being in the countryside and walking my dogs in the beautiful Chiltern Hills where we live.
Q: What do you like to do at the weekend?
A: I love to garden, cook and spend time with my family and friends. I am a trained Nutritional Therapist but don’t have time to practice now. However, I love reading and talking about food, and its connection with good health. I also enjoy trying different foods and restaurants.
Q: Where are you planning to go on holiday this year and with who?
A: This year Jonathan and I are planning a special trip to Argentina – we intend to spend time in Buenos Aires as well as a bit of whale watching in Kayaks in Patagonia! We are also visiting some vineyards in Mendoza and of course trying Argentinian food and wine – I’m very excited.
Q: What is the one thing in your life that you could not do without?
A: My family – cheesy but true. You never stop being a Mum, even when they are grown up, but I do appreciate that we do get more time to ourselves now.