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'Bear would approve of my outdoorsy childhood'

Clare and her family are regular visitors to the south of France
Clare and her family are regular visitors to the south of France

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.

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