I studied Land Economy with little idea of what I wanted to after graduating. I have to say that when I arrived at Cambridge I was completely overwhelmed. Coming from Scarborough, I felt like a country bumpkin. Incredibly green and a little lost. Everyone seemed confident, astute, with a host of internships and experience behind them, reeling off a host of firms I’d never heard of. For the best part of my first year I felt pretty inadequate, but then something inside my head clicked and I relaxed a little and started to enjoy myself. The great thing about Land Economy was its breadth. It gave me a foundation in both Law and Economics as well as Geography and during my final year at Newnham, I decided to go into investment banking.
I joined the analyst programme at Goldman Sachs in the summer of 1998, spending eleven years in the Investment Management Division where I was made a Managing Director. My last role at the firm was as head of the Nordic Sales effort where we were were one of the largest revenue-generating teams in Europe.
I left Goldman Sachs to join the hedge fund, Moore Capital. While it was a great experience, I did begin to lose interest and I felt I wasn’t learning anything new. So I left, had children (three in total) and I decided to do something completely different. I enrolled on Faber Academy’s six-month Writing a Novel course. I self-published The Silent Children in 2015 which won a silver medal for best Thriller in the Independent Publisher Awards in the US in 2016. Later that year, it was picked up by agent, Ariella Feiner at United Agents. She offered me representation which I happily accepted, and I am currently re-working my novel with a view to pitching it to traditional publishers. I also write a blog for Dawn News, the leading English language newspaper in Pakistan.
I am happy to help with the following:
* Happiness and welfare during your time at Newnham. Mental health is a significant issue. First and foremost, it’s important we feel settled and happy. I’m here to talk, to get things off your chest and help identify avenues for you to seek help
* Careers advice in Finance
* How to think about and plan for your financial future
* Thinking about your career – it’s not about limiting yourself to just one career during your lifetime