Is collaboration important in your role?
Collaboration is essential within the global consultant relations team and within UBS Asset Management. Everyone is involved in the design, manufacturing and distribution of investment services, all of which has a significant impact on our clients' experiences. The willingness of our investment teams to collaborate and design innovative, bespoke solutions for our clients is a feature that distinguishes us from our competitors.
What made you choose a career in the financial sector?
I have worked in every part of the "value chain" of investments, from government economist to investment consultant, across four continents. The financial sector is incredibly dynamic, intellectually engaging and internationally orientated.
What do you think is the biggest challenge for people working in finance today?
Technological advances and frequent changes in financial regulation are significant challenges to finance professionals' ability to add value to clients. The "retailization" of the investment industry and regulation driven demand for the lowest cost (rather than most cost effective) products make it increasingly difficult to create cost-effective solutions for complex client problems in real time.
How does UBS support female employees?
UBS walks the talk on being a female-friendly employer. Highly accomplished women leaders in all business divisions and regions make a powerful statement about meritocracy at the firm. UBS's focus on results, rather than face time, and their agile work practices are especially supportive of female employees.
What do you do outside of work to switch off?
Outside of work I help coach my son's field hockey team, dance, cycle and swim. I'm a member of the Tate galleries and greatly enjoy the theatre, concerts and literary festivals, and have on occasion been over competitive when playing Scrabble.