'Bear would approve of my outdoorsy childhood'
Q&A: Clare McAllister, Electric Ireland
Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: I was given this advice when I was getting married: "Enjoy the good times and endure the bad." I use this for most things in life. It's not always plain sailing so you just have to push on through.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A: Just work hard, believe in yourself. And ask for help, people will help, you'd be surprised. But you just have to ask!
Q: What was your best business decision?
A: Taking every opportunity you can get. I've always done it even if it's taken me out of my comfort zone.
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Q: If you weren't doing this job what would be your other career?
A: I'd still be an engineer as I loved that.
Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A: We have a wee touring caravan and we head off with the kids. Halloween will be in Castle Archdale. The big holiday is camping in the south of France - every year without fail, we just love it.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests?
A: I love cooking and running. I think the two go hand in hand.
Q: What is your favourite sport and team?
A: I like football, I've been a Chelsea fan since I was a kid. I also love rugby, Ulster and Ireland. I'm looking forward to England v South Africa in the World Cup final on Saturday.
Q: And have you ever played any sports?
A: I played badminton and ran and enjoyed athletics at school. The running stayed with me. I tried rugby and tag rugby in my 20s, but I wasn't great.
Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A: I love reading. I'm currently waiting patiently for the next Lee Child book. A good action thriller suits me down to the ground. It takes me away from reality.
Q: How would you describe your early life?
A: Outdoorsy - Bear Grylls would have approved - with lots of pets and animals.
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: If I did, I would probably be relaxing in my villa in the south of France.
Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company Electric Ireland?
A: Exciting! Always learning and great opportunities.
Q: How do you sum up working in the utilities sector?
A: The energy industry has changed so much, it's a really exciting time to be in it.