Elaine Wilkins – Business Development Manager at Antony Batty & Company
Find Out More About Elaine – Business Development Manager at Antony Batty & Company, Bournemouth
We asked Elaine, a Business Development Manager who joined Antony Batty & Company in March 2020, to tell us a bit more about herself. Elaine has worked in the professional services sector for many years, but what sort of person do you get when you work with Elaine? What makes her tick? Read on to find out – but beware, her pet hate is people answering their ‘phone when serving her!! Like most people at Antony Batty & Company she loves her football and has been a fan of Bournemouth all her life, through thick and thin!
Why did you become an Insolvency Practitioner/Choose a career in Insolvency?
My many years at Barclays and my time in Accountancy stood me in good stead for when the opportunity for a new challenge in Insolvency came along 18 months ago.
Your most embarrassing moment in your working life
So not whilst in insolvency but in my working career, there are a few… Here are just a couple.
An elderly gentleman came into the bank and up to my desk. Before he could sit down his trousers fell down. I had to decide whether to go and help him or not…..!
I was one of the first Personal Bankers at Barclays and an article had appeared in the local newspaper. I turned up one Saturday morning to find that my Colleagues had used the article as ‘Wanted Posters’ of me all over the banking hall as a joke. With my first customers waiting there was no time to take them all down. Very Embarrassing.
Your proudest moment in your career?
Taking part and organising a “stars in your eyes” event in Dorset. It raised £14k for a children’s hospice and 330 people attended.
In my working life, the majority whilst I was at Barclays, I have helped raise through events I have organised over £50k for Charity.
What piece of wisdom would you pass onto a new recruit into the world of insolvency?
Always remain compassionate, people have often put their heart and soul into their business. However, to make the right decision I have said many times we need to remove the emotion and look at the right business decision.
What is your unfulfilled ambition?
To see all 7 wonders of the world. I have one left to visit
Persons who most influenced your career/life?
It has to be someone called Robin Foal; he was a dynamic manager who inspired me to be the best I could be.
Someone answering the phone when they are serving you.
Any of the DK destination travel books. Planning my next adventure.
Notting Hill – I laugh and cry every time!
Has to be Dancing Queen by Abba! Many a happy hour on the dance floor dancing to this one.
Greatest invention ever?
The Aeroplane – you may have picked up on the theme of travelling.
A cliché but I try not to have regrets, you cannot change the past so best to look to the future.
The person from history you would most like to have a glass of wine with.
How would you spend your fantasy 24 hours, with no travel restrictions?
By visiting the Galapagos Islands.
And if you support a football team, who is it?
Very proud of my local team “Bournemouth”. I watched their climb to the Premier League and try to see them at least once every season.
So, now you know a bit more about Elaine…..
As you can see, there is much more to Elaine than her position as a Business Development Manager. Currently, she looks after business development at our Bournemouth office. If you do need advice and help from our team of Insolvency Practitioners, in any area of insolvency, simply contact us or call Elaine on 01202 551193. The first discussion, over the ‘phone or a coffee, is free.