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1. Growing up did you know you wanted to work in the financial sector? It took me a long time to find my "pack" (see Women Who Run With The Wolves - strange but fantastic book). I spent years doing something I was good at but didn't really enjoy and then I got into banking. Banking is really the intersection of people, money and life, which means our homes, businesses, hobbies, dreams, health. It's all there.
2. How old are your children? I have a 13-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son (and yes, I am 48).
3. Do you consciously talk to them about money, teaching them financial literacy? Yes! There are so many mistakes I made with money that I'd like to save them from. And I keep telling my daughter about the importance of financial independence and always being able to earn your own money. Even if there are times in your life when you don't earn, you need to know that you can. It gives you choices about what you do, where you live and who you live with.
4. You were a single mother when your children were small - how did you manage with money then? It was just my daughter and me for years and the only income came from me so things were tight. I got very good at bargain-hunting and home baking but we had a lot of fun and we really valued little treats like fish and chips at the beach. I was very focused on trying to buy us a home and it occurred to me that 150 years ago, for a woman alone, that wouldn't even have been an option. I wouldn't have been able to own property or earn enough to support us, we would have been at the mercy of somebody else. I think it's important that the next generation of women understands the significance of those changes, and just how much is possible today.