Redmayne Bentley's investment services manager, Stacey Merron, gives us a snapshot of a day in her life.
My alarm goes off: 5.30am
I’m responsible for: The day-to-day management of the investment management team in our Locksbottom office and our investment support department.
The worst part of my job: The office air-con temperature battles!
The best part of my job: Too clichéd to say the people (although that is true – most of the time!), so I also enjoy the challenge of considering our investment management processes and procedures, to ensure that we are compliant and pragmatic.
After work: I play with my 14 month old son, cook dinner, tidy up and walk the dog.
How I got the job at Redmayne-Bentley: I saw a stockbroker role advertised in the local paper. After completing the Level 6 qualifications I progressed to my current role.
I’ve been in the role for: My current role for five years, but at the firm for 11 years.
How long is your commute to work? 15 minutes.
Tea or coffee? Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.
Typical lunch choice? Quite partial to scrambled eggs at the moment.
What is your guiltiest pleasure? Chocolate – although I don’t ever feel very guilty about it!
What are you reading at the moment?
The Little Boy Who Lost His Name – a brilliant personalised book for my son! Aside from children’s literature and industry articles, I also enjoy the Roy Grace series of Peter James books.
What’s the biggest challenge you face day-to-day in your role?
Changing/increasing regulation, along with the aforementioned air-con battles.
How do you see the wealth management world in 10 years’ time?
Increased regulation, which in the short term will include the roll out of Mifid II, resulting in industry consolidation and cost saving measures such as the pooling of research. I hope we will also see increased inflows of clients that require wealth management services, given a potentially prolonged low interest rate environment.
You are hosting a dinner party this evening. Which three people would you invite and what are you cooking?
I enjoy a light-hearted gathering, so my guests are selected with this in mind – Boris Johnson, as the UK representative bringing intellect and a splash of comedy; Silvio Berlusconi to add some Italian spice; and Valentino Rossi for the blend of humour and sporting success. My menu would complement my guests; tricolore salad to start, beef wellington for main (not chicken – perhaps to Rossi’s disappointment!); and a Baileys cheesecake for dessert, as we’ll all be in need of something slightly potent by the end!
What do you get up to out of the office?
I am quite active and enjoy the countryside with my boys (my husband, my son and my German Shepherd). I previously played netball, attended fitness bootcamps and enjoyed running when I had more time on my hands.