THIS week’s High Flyer is Jayne Gibson, managing director of Insight.Out Financial – a financial planning and pension transfer business, based on the Holywood Road
What was your first job?
I was a nurse for eight years. My career change came when I moved to Northern Ireland, and as a single mum, I needed to find a job that didn’t involve shifts.
I joined a small financial advisory business in Dunmurry, working in admin, and within two years, I was a qualified financial advisor within the company.
What qualifications do you have?
I have a MSc with distinction in Financial Planning and Business Management. I’m FPC qualified and I’m currently half way through a PhD. I’m also a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
What do you attribute your success to?
A drive to help others, high ethical standards and a solid work-ethic. This has enabled me to build Insight.Out Financial into the solid business that it is today.
How would you describe yourself to someone who’d never met you?
I stand by my convictions. I’m a problem-solver, logical and am generous with my time in helping others to achieve their potential.
Who do you look up to in business?
A self-made, risk-taker and who gives back hugely to communities, young people and is a champion for entrepreneurs – Sir Richard Branson.
How do you get the best out of people who work for you?
We’ve created a positive and engaging work environment, and a culture where everyone is valued and knows what role they each play in our success. I proactively encourage a healthy work/life balance and my door is always open.
What website or app could you not do without?
Microsoft 365. The mobile app gives me access to everything I need when I’m travelling.
What was the last book you read?
I was sent ‘Life on the Line’ by David Skipper as a thank you from the author – a gritty tale about comradery and friendship.
What car do you drive?
I recently said goodbye to my very old E-Class Merc and replaced it with my dream car – a Mercedes C Class cabriolet.
Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I collect whiskey and scotch and have over 100 bottles. Favourites include Yamazaki 18 Japanese whiskey and Yellow Spot from Co Cork.
What’s your greatest passion outside work and family?
Travelling, especially to Kenmare. I try to visit every year and as we’re now ‘regulars’, we meet many familiar faces whilst enjoying the fabulous food, scenery and great craic.