Belfast Telegraph

'I've played sport to levels of mediocrity'

Q&A: Stephen Felle

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

A: Never be afraid to hire people who are brighter than you.

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

A: Be prepared at any stage to alter your career choice or your business strategy. There's no such thing as a "job for life" anymore and emerging technologies will continue to redefine how commerce is conducted.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: Davy deciding four years ago to strategically invest in growing our business in Northern Ireland. We've grown it ten-fold over that period.

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

A: Barrister.

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

A: Last holiday: the Algarve with my family in July. My next will be skiing with friends in Austria in January.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests?

A: It's cliched, but work and family consume my time and (thankfully!) I am passionate about both. But I do get to switch off sometimes ... either on my bike with other wannabe Bradley Wiggins types, or in a nice restaurant with good company.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: Leinster (rugby) and Meath (GAA) - thereby giving away where I am from. Also a long-time (frustrated) Arsenal fan.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

A: I've played all of the above sports to varying levels of mediocrity.

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

A: I am an avid reader. Two recent reads that I really enjoyed: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes and The Innovators' Dilemma by Clayton Christensen.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: The pessimistic new growth targets that accompanied last week's Budget point towards a more challenging economic environment in the coming years for Northern Ireland and the wider UK.

Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company Davy Private Clients?

A: Thirteen years of a few lows, many highs; and working alongside some wonderful colleagues and clients.

Q: How do you sum up working in the financial services sector?

A: Constant change: external factors such as stock market performance, regulation, new technology, emerging competition, etc mean we have to be constantly challenging ourselves to stay ahead of the curve.

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