After graduating in Economics at Liverpool University, I held a number of finance roles at a large accountancy and consultancy firm. I was then offered a role in the Linklaters strategy team, working directly with the firmwide Managing Partner. And I’ve now been at the firm for 17 years.
A number of things keep me here: it’s challenging, exciting, demanding and I work with great people. The people at Linklaters are clever and collaborative and my team is fun, inspiring and hard-working.
For those wanting to join Linklaters, you have to be smart, curious, collaborative, hardworking, fun and outward-looking. We’re looking for people who are stimulated by challenge and change, and have an interest in the wider world. You also have to be persuasive, ready to influence people, flexible and innovative. In Asia, you work with all sorts of different people. Work is fast-paced and expectations are high, and the work you do will definitely be noticed.
Of all the jobs I’ve had, this is the most complex, and I’m really proud to manage Business Teams across multiple locations. As the most senior Business Teams member in Asia, an important responsibility for me is to set the right tone – leading by example, and also, giving people space and support to succeed. This is how we’ll remain the best business in Asia. Another achievement that I’m particularly proud of is being the co-chair of the Asia LGBT and Allies network. In my spare time, I’m also helping with the Hong Kong 2022 Gay Games bid.
I’d really encourage people to embrace every opportunity given to them, as you never know where it can take you. I’ve lived in Hong Kong, Sweden and London, and had many different roles during my time here. So to me, Linklaters is a brilliant place to work.