When I was little, I would often go to my grandparent’s house on the weekends. It was here that my Grandma taught me how to play draughts.

Each time we would play, I would “somehow” always win, despite any lack of effort or concentration. Against my Grandfather, I would play chess, where he, in no small measure, took a different tact. Initially, he taught me the rules and that was it – I was on my own. We would play over and over, again and again, and I would just lose every single time, week in, week out, game after game. Until one special day as a result of hours upon hours of defeat, I eventually earned my first win.

The contrast of my grandparent’s methods taught me a life lesson that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Not only how to really appreciate the results of hard work, but that it’s not always the destination that matters, it is about how you got there. The sweet isn’t as sweet without the sour sometimes. It is this philosophy that drives me to be better than the person that I was yesterday – continual progression – each day a step closer to a positive outcome. I think that’s why I love the concept of financial planning and wealth protection so much. For me, it’s about ensuring that our clients are on track; that they know that their destination is within reach and that their hard work now won’t be in vain.

Away from fantasising about financial projections, I am also fanatical about football (soccer for any hand-egg fans out there) to which I both play socially several nights a week and avidly stay up until the early hours of the morning to watch on the weekends. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by a wonderful family and my gorgeous partner, Eliza, who has somehow put up with me for a lot longer than even I could have projected.