Catherine Duffy General Manager of Northern Trust & CEO of Fiduciary Business Limerick
What led you to this career?
I am currently General Manager of Northern Trust and CEO of our Fiduciary business. I always had an interest in finance and people and understanding the way finance works in the world of investments. I joined Ulster Bank Investment Services in 1989 which was acquired by Northern Trust in 2000.
What does an average day look like for you?
I am an early bird so my day can start early! Once I’m in the office (Dublin office twice a week) it’s straight to work – depending of what is going on your day can be filled with people meetings, regulation meetings and process meetings. I am generally home in Ballina by 6:30pm and usually homework journals are out for signing – Eugene and I try to sit down with the children each evening for dinner and a catch up. I walk with a walking group three nights a week locally and that is my catch up on the soaps!Children’s bedtime routine starts at 8:45pm and can go on for a bit. Its then time for a cup of tea with Eugene and I am generally in bed reading a chapter of a book by 10.30pm (I’m currently reading My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier)
What was your very first job?
Working in a toy shop / newsagents called Tuthills – I loved it.
If you hadn’t specialised in your field, what do you think you’d be doing now?
A pharmacist for sure, I have a real interest in medicine and medical research, tablets and pills and the way cures are getting better and better each year.
How do you manage a work / life balance?
I am very fortunate that (my husband) Eugene is able to be at home when I can’t. Eugene is farming and can adapt his day with what is going on. In the evenings we all try to leave our phones down for dinner time and currently I am leading a charge at home called phone/computer/blackberry time out – my girls are struggling with this!
Did you have a mentor as you progressed in your career?
Yes I always had/have a mentor. Currently I have one in Northern Trust and one outside of Northern Trust. We meet maybe three times a year – this is valuable time I ensure I set aside each year. 7. What do you feel is the most important lesson you’ve learned along the way?Listen to others and act as a leader at all times, especially as we are hiring so many grads currently. Don’t be an expert on everything – listen and learn. Keep learning in life. Take up on opportunities especially the ones that will stretch you and take you outside of your comfort zone; you won’t be alone!