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'I'm still playing hockey but I say every year I'm retiring'

Q. What’s the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given? A. To always do the right thing even if it is the hard thing.

Q. What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?

A. Work hard, persevere, be resilient, use your common sense and always be polite to others.

Q. What was your best business decision?

A. When I moved back from England I had a few offers on the table, but undoubtedly the best decision I made was joining Arthur Cox.

Q. If you weren’t doing this job, what would be your other career?

A. I have actually never thought about that question — which must be a good sign.

Q. What was your last  holiday? Where are you going next?

A. My in-laws have owned a villa in La Cala in Spain for around 20 years so we normally go there with the kids in the summer as it is so convenient. We are hoping to visit my brother (footballer Warren Feeney) in England at half-term.

Q. What are your hobbies/interests?

A. As a mother to two young girls I don’t have much time for hobbies or interests, which is fine. However when I do have time I generally like keeping fit and catching up with friends.

Q. What is your favourite sport and team?

A. My favourite sport to play is hockey and my team mates would be very angry if I didn’t say Ards was my favourite team! In terms of watching sport, I grew up in a household where we had three generations of international footballers, so I’d have to say that football would be my favourite sport to watch (my husband, who is an ex-professional rugby player, won’t be too happy about that) and my favourite team to watch would be Northern Ireland, of course.

Q. And have you ever played any sports?

A. I have played hockey for Ulster at senior level and played representative hockey for Ireland up to Under-21 level, until it had to take a back seat when I qualified as a solicitor. I’m still playing hockey in the all-Ireland league for Ards, although I promise myself every year that I will retire at the end of the season. I have managed to accumulate a winner’s medal in every domestic and all-Ireland competition.

Q. If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A. I love reading but the only thing I get to read these days are children’s books. My eldest daughter is reading the Roald Dahl series at the moment which I am really enjoying as there are some really good life lessons that you maybe don’t pick up first time around as a child.

Q. How would you describe your early life?

A. I had a very ordinary childhood growing up in Belfast. My brother and I were both taught the value of hard work from a young age. I had my first job around the age of 14 and kept the same part-time job right through school and uni.

Q. How would you assess your time at Arthur Cox?

A. The firm celebrated its 20th year in Belfast last year and I have been here for half of that time. I feel very privileged to be a part of one of the largest and most respected advisory teams in Northern Ireland.

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