Name: Liz Sully

Age: 47

Company: GE Money Home Lending.

Job title: Compliance director.

Where do you live?


Describe your current job: I am responsible for ensuring the business complies with Financial Services Authority and Consumer Credit Act requirements. On an everyday basis I can be involved in a number of projects within the business ranging from advertising, new products and pricing to originations and customer complaints. One of the most challenging things about a compliance role is that everyone expects you to be an expert in all areas. It’s one of the few roles in a company where you have an opportunity to see the big picture, which can be rewarding.

What was your first job?

I was a saleswoman in an engineering company selling helicopter parts. On my first day in the job I took an order large enough to keep the company in business for two years without understanding a word.

What was your last job?

I have been with this business for 10 years. Before that I was a principal trading standards officer specialising in quality control and consumer protection.

What have you done in between?

I spent some time doing temporary jobs such as secretarial, fruit picking and bar work. I was a farm manager for a couple of years before deciding I needed a proper job. Then I trained to be a trading standards officer.

What has been the defining point of your career to date? When GE acquired the business it opened up possibilities in my career that I had never thought possible.

Do you have a mortgage?

No.What’s your favourite restaurant?

A wonderful fish restaurant in Barbados called Bella’s. It is right on the beach and is in a beautiful setting. Unfortunately as it’s in Barbados I don’t visit it regularly enough but I hope it’s still there when it’s time for my next visit.

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two?

Probably about 100 – not much more. I think expensive restaurants are rarely worth the money.

What’s your favourite band?

I prefer classical music now but in my youth, in the dim and distant past, my favourites were Queen and Bruce Springsteen.

What’s your favourite tipple?

That’s an easy one – gin and tonic.

Do you have any hobbies and interests?

When I’m not working I enjoy swimming, sailing and going to the theatre. And I try to spend as much time as I can with friends and family.