In the Spotlight: Elizabeth Hannaford
By Bruce Hassed on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
This week we learn a little more about our Project Management Office Manager, Elizabeth Hannaford. A long term recruit here at Financial Synergy, Elizabeth is driven by her love of a challenge.
Tell us a little bit about your career to date?
My career has really focused on managing teams and working closely with lots of people – it’s what I love. I started out as a PA and also IT support for an accounting firm, then headed over to London for another stint as a PA and then moved on to office management for a real estate firm. I kicked off my Financial Synergy experience as a PA in 2008 and my role moved more and more into the project management space.
I have been the PMO Manager for close to six years now. Today I love the challenge that everything changes every day because I don’t like being bored. Managing constant change and new things is inspiring.
What keeps you motivated?
The initial support from Jeff Hall, GM of Consulting made me realise that my role had moved beyond the PA experience. We really created a job around what I was doing and what Financial Synergy needed to run projects and this was really challenging. My role has grown as Financial Synergy has grown and evolved and it was exactly the career path I needed.
The most motivating thing about my job today is that I manage a wide variety of things and systems and this keeps me across everyone in the business and the client base. I am always busy and I love it.
What has been the secret to your success?
Having a relationship based on trust with my colleagues and the clients is the best way to operate. Being fair and approachable really stands you in good stead. In fact I would say that I am most proud of the relationship that I have been able to develop with our clients over the years. The superannuation industry has delivered our clients a lot of change to navigate and we are there to help them. Our clients know that the team here at Financial Synergy values each and every one of them.