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Q&A: Jackie Henry

Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: To always do the right thing - sounds obvious, but it's a great test that I apply to every decision.

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

A: Be prepared to work really hard and keep going regardless of the bumps and knocks you will encounter along the way.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: Securing Deloitte Global's interest and investment in Belfast. The first investment was because of the economics of Northern Ireland, but Deloitte UK leadership then realised what an incredibly creative and innovative talent base we have to offer. That is why we are now on our third tranche of investment with more to come.

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

A: I started my career working in my Dad's grocer shop, and even covered a few shifts in his shop last summer to help out before he sadly passed away - I learnt such a lot in that shop and from my Dad, and enjoyed my return very much, so that could have worked very well.

Q: What was your last holiday, and where are you going next?

A: We went away last month at mid-term on a big holiday to mark a big birthday this year for me and my husband, Ronan. We went to South Africa, Zambia and Botswana - an amazing family trip. Next up is Donegal, so that will bring us down to earth with a bump.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests?

A: I have started running. Ronan and I started together with the Couch to 5k last May and we have kept at it and can now be seen a few mornings a week running round Ormeau Park. Roll on the brighter mornings.

Q: What is your favourite genre of TV, and can you recommend any box sets?

A: I enjoy political satire and police drama so my recommendations would be The Thick Of It, or the last series of Line Of Duty. The acting was superb but the fact that it is filmed in Belfast made it even more enjoyable.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: I am a fan of Ulster Rugby and enjoy the odd trip out to the Kingspan Stadium, which happily is only round the corner from where we live.

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

A: I love reading and a recommendation is easy - Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In - a good challenging read for both sexes.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: I had a very happy childhood that I would describe as 'normal', which seems bizarre given I grew up in north Belfast in the 1970s.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: I will steer clear of predictions but clearly we have big challenges to deal with such as EU exit and inflation. It is time to stay focused and get on with seizing the opportunities that we do have - and there are quite a few.

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