Describe your role in brief
As MD and part of the mfg Management Board I ensure that the ‘nuts and bolts’ of running a law firm are in place whilst at the same time identifying new initiatives, business development opportunities and proposals for the board’s consideration.
What is it the company does?
We provide a balanced portfolio of Commercial, Agricultural and Private Client legal services across Worcestershire and Shropshire.
Give us a brief timeline of your career so far – where did you start, how did you move on?
I joined the firm as a trainee in 1997 and went on to qualify two years later. I became an associate in 2001, partner in 2002 and then achieved a place on the Management Board from 2003 until 2010. I stepped back from the boardroom in 2010 and then returned to the Board as Managing Director in 2012.
What do you believe makes a great leader?
Someone who leaves their ego at home, possibly doing the washing up, and genuinely puts the business first.
What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?
Leading two acquisitions/mergers in the first 18 months as Managing Director. Following that challenging but hugely exciting period, it was also recognising the realities of what key actions are needed to ensure the firm’s future growth and consistency in our approach.
How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?
I don’t take myself too seriously. I haven’t got a difficulty balancing my family and social life with work commitments.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a Astronaut.
Any pet hates in the workplace?
I haven’t got too many but people not responding to emails or using their electronic calendars properly can really slow down progress.
Where do you see the company in five years’ time?
I see more growth. Continuing to move up the list of Legal 500 firms by having good quality lawyers, maximising our current excellent client base and always keeping an eye open for further suitable acquisitions or mergers.
What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?
Understand your strengths and weaknesses and be honest about them. Never be afraid to ask for advice from others and if possible ensure that those around you compliment your skills. Most importantly never take the praise for something you haven’t done or someone else’s ideas and always refer to ‘us’ and ‘our’, not ‘me’ and ‘I’.