Kirsty established a mentoring programme for the private bank in 2013 with a special focus on female mentorship, and to date, 500 employees have been matched through the programme. The mentoring programme is wholly owned and managed by private bank volunteers, who are often asked to share best practice with other parts of the HSBC Group looking to replicate its success.
Kirsty is an admired role model who combines a successful career and rewarding family life. She is considered hard-working, tenacious, a leader, and a champion for change.
Kirsty has been nominated for our 2018 Champion for Women Award.
Tell us about your day to day role
As Managing Director, and Head of the London Domestic team, I manage a large team of Relationship Managers who are responsible for looking after all of our clients wealth management needs. Our clients are highly successful corporate executives, financial professionals and business owners who value the wealth management services we provide. The role is incredibly varied and I am very fortunate to have an excellent team and the pleasure of meeting some fascinating and often inspiring clients.
How does it feel to be on the WIBF Awards for Achievement Shortlist?
It feels fantastic to be shortlisted, WIBF plays such an important role in encouraging and empowering women. I am not somebody to talk about my own achievements so am lucky that my co-chair of Balance (HSBCs Gender Diversity ERG) took the time to put me forward and share the work I have done managing our mentoring programme for the last 5 years. I am very proud to have connected so many people who have gone on to have successful mentoring relationships.
Your nominator said ‘Kirsty is a role model who manages to juggle a successful career and family life effortlessly’, do you have advice or tips for others who have busy careers and caring responsibilities?
I am delighted it appears I juggle it all effortlessly but like the swan there is frantic paddling going on underneath! I am incredibly lucky to have a supportive husband and family and good organisation and planning is key. We review the next weeks activities every weekend and my team are aware there are certain things that are not negotiable such as missing sports days and parents evenings.
How did you get into the banking and finance industry?
My parents were both in finance and actually met at a Bank over 50 years ago. I was always very good at maths and economics so it seemed a natural route for me to go into finance. My parents have always been very supportive of my career in finance.
What is an essential quality of a successful manager?
I believe building trust is important to be a successful manager, it is important to understand what motivates your team and ensure you treat people as you would like to be treated yourself – we are all human. As a leader it is important to create an environment which allows talent to thrive, motivate others and allow others to learn through failure.
How do you like to unwind?
I love spending time by the beach, whether it is simply taking a long walk, crab fishing with my children or playing around on the water in a kayak or windsurf. I also love food, eating more than cooking, and tying in with the sea theme enjoy all shellfish and fresh fish.