I hail from Sunderland originally, but moved to Edinburgh in 1993 to attend university. Before too long I had fallen for both Scotland and for my future wife, so it was an easy decision to stick around after graduation.
I started work with a high street bank, eventually becoming a personal account manager. However, after a couple of years of growing steadily dissatisfied with having to sell credit cards, loans and other products to customers who might have only come in to pay a bill, I decided to switch sides. I became a debt adviser, working for the local authority’s money advice service as well as from Edinburgh Central Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
It felt much better to be able to help hundreds of clients to overcome their debt problems instead of adding to them! Over a number of years as a debt adviser I became very experienced in dealing with debt problems and I eventually decided to specialise in insolvency, moving to work for an insolvency practitioner firm in 2007.
In October 2020 I began an exciting new role as Insolvency Practitioner at AMI Financial Solutions Ltd. AMI has an excellent reputation and is focussed upon supporting and partnering with the free advice sector throughout Scotland.
Outside of work I am kept busy with my three sons – which probably explains why I also love to spend time out walking my dog in the peace and quiet! I often travel down to Sunderland to visit family and friends, being careful to coincide my trips with weekends that Sunderland AFC are playing at home, having been a devoted sufferer all of my life. I also like to pretend I can play a bit myself, though am not sure how much longer my old ankle joints will allow.