Our “Team Spotlight” blog series lets you meet the people behind FDC’s personal approach to flexible debt funding. This month we spoke with Kathryn Hoverd, a Portfolio Executive in the Growth Capital team. Kathryn told us about balancing studying for an ACA qualification with a busy role in risk management.
What’s your background?
I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Manchester University, which I followed up with a MSc in Health Psychology from Aston University. I’ve worked at FDC for two and a half years, starting in Operations Support.
What do you do at FDC?
My role as Portfolio Executive involves supporting our growing Portfolio Function which includes working with a variety of businesses of different sizes, sectors industries. I manage and maintain monthly financial information from clients, undertake risk management processes and coordinate fee management.
What do you like about working at FDC?
I enjoy working alongside colleagues who have come from a variety of different backgrounds, being able to learn and grow whilst working with them has allowed me to digest information from varying sources. I also relish every day being different, there is always something new to learn and a new challenge to get stuck into.
How do you juggle accountancy training with a full time role?
I try to be as organised as possible and know when to prioritise one over the other. I ensure that my working day is productive by setting myself goals to complete throughout the week. Once my goals have been achieved, I know I can then focus on my studying. A lot of my studying is done outside of work hours but I am very lucky to be surrounded by supportive colleagues.
What have you learnt during your first few months working in the Portfolio team?
I have learnt just how quickly businesses must adapt to the changing environment that is the world today. Being able to take part in board meetings and analyse the information that is presented, I have been able to put into practice what I have learnt through my studies, and experience in real time the way that businesses react to situations they are faced with.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your working life?
‘Work will still be here tomorrow’. There is no such thing as ‘done’. Rest is just as important as getting “X” pieces of work finished by the end of the day. I learnt perspective, focus and strategy from this advice in that it’s not about overdoing it to get work finished but its about approaching the work in a meaningful way that addresses the task at hand and completing it in the best possible way.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I have recently signed up to do a half-marathon so running is currently my life! I enjoy being outdoors and exploring new places. I’m a social butterfly so spending time with family and friends is usually the first thing I do when I’m not working. Also a huge Netflix binger!
What’s your favourite album and why?
Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Reminds me of my Indie days!