5 Minutes With...

Jane Galvin
Head of Corporate Banking
HSBC UK

What does a day in the life of your job role look like?  

No day is the same, and keeps it incredibly varied and interesting. 

I rise at 5.45am and head to the destination of the day, which could be anywhere in the UK. I eat breakfast at the office, which is normally something healthy. Since being introduced to Dr John Briffa, it is yogurt and fruit. I attend and chair a series of meetings with colleagues or clients during the day.  

I will attend evening dinners a couple of times a week but I try to have parameters, attending two evening events a week to be around at home and to allow time for strategic thinking and planningOn a lucky night, I am home by 6.45pm but often its 9pm. Depending on where I am in the UK, I may stay over.  

aim to fit a gym slot in once during the working week, wherever the diary allows and I have to fit in appointments for my elderly father. For me life and work are very much intertwined, there will be times where I am fitting in hospital appointments for my dad, but others where I am working from the early hours then attending evening events. 

I travel to the offices or clients via a combination of car or train, and I use travelling as planning time for my days ahead.  

What do you want to be when you grow up?  

I am still deciding.  

Who is your all-time role model?

Nelson Mandela; who stood by his values and challenged the Status Quo.  

What one thing have you learnt during your career that you could pass on?

Do not worry so much; spend more time enjoying and less time worrying. Also, do not be afraid to ask for help, whether it is on the job or career planning, no one is an island.  

Shout out 3 incredible people in your network that are doing great things!

Amanda Murphy, Head of UK Commercial Banking, HSBC UK

For her stance on supporting and driving the workplace to be more inclusive. Amanda is a great role model to all.

Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

For transforming the stance on sustainability at the University of Cambridge and displaying inclusivity for all.

Sherry Coutu CBE, Serial Entrepreneur, NED and Chairman of Founders4Schools.

Sherry is a role model for women and invests much of her personal time in developing others. Sherry founded ‘Founders4Schools’ and is committing so much time in helping young people in the UK thrive.

Do you have any advice for all of the 1480 nominees who have been part of Northern Power Women Awards 2020?

Stay true to your values and core beliefs, as authenticity is incredibly important. Do not set yourself a ceilingdecide what you want, make a plan and laugh along the way.  

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