Why did you create Vivify?
Starting my own business has been something I have wanted to do for a number of years but nothing met my strict criteria of wanting to transform an industry whilst doing something for the greater good, until now. Our tech platform will be a gamechanger in enabling local communities to socialise and get active whilst generating much needed revenue for venues such as schools.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A vet – I am the biggest animal lover.
What advice would you give to a 16-year-old you?
Some things are out of your control, and you can’t plan for everything. Sometimes doors open from unexpected things that pop up – embrace them!
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve been given?
A quote from Bill Gates has always stuck in my mind, “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning”. It is important to celebrate the highs, but I have always driven my teams to learn from the lows, so the business can continually improve and grow.
If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?
Trying out new recipes, I love to cook.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
How we treat the planet. We need to look after it better for future generations.
Tell us something not many people know about you?
I trained to be an Officer in the Army.
What is the number 1 aspect that you look for as a trait in all your employees when bringing them onto the team?
A positive attitude – anything else can be taught.
What’s your most-used productivity hack?
When I feel my output slumping I grab my dogs & head out for a walk. Getting out in nature clears my mind and allows brain space for creative thoughts – which don’t come easy when sat behind a laptop.
What are you most scared of?
In business, failure. In life, spiders!
Where is your happy place?
On the African savannah, photographing wildlife.
How do you unwind and switch off?
Hiking with my hubby & dogs, no matter the weather. We live in a beautiful country - I love exploring it.
Who do you find inspirational and why?
Lisa Byrne – who was a supplier for a company I started working in. She has the most incredible work ethic, and the way she looks after her clients is really special. This enabled her to set up her own business, whilst being a mum to a newborn baby, I call her superwoman!