It's all about balance

As a partner in our Private Clients team and mum of two, Paddy knows the importance of balancing work and family life...

Paddy has two children aged 12 and 9 who are her absolute priority. Among her plethora of professional commitments, Paddy and her husband found the time to drive to Perisher every weekend of the Australian ski season, so it figures that Paddy is a passionate skier, as are her kids, who are Australian Interschools Moguls champions.

Paddy says life is all about balance, which means continually re-prioritising. Her kids are at the top of that list and, while riding the natural ups and downs, she makes sure that if things are out of balance for too long she makes a change. “I made the decision a long time ago to give up feeling like I was in control”, she laughs.
 

“It’s all about continual re-prioritisation and being conscious of where I focus my attention. Having great people around you at work and home is a massive help, and I’m lucky to have that.”


While she has now well and truly settled into the Australian way of life, she was born in the UK and started with PwC in Birmingham straight out of uni. “I qualified as an accountant and thought I knew everything. I then spent the rest of my life realising how much I don’t know! I came out to Australia for a three month secondment, went back to the UK for a month, got engaged and married and came back.”

“I’ve had so many different opportunities with PwC. My background is audit, with a particular focus on the retail and consumer sector and I’ve spent the last 10 years as lead partner for some of the largest companies in this sector. More recently I am focused on private companies and high net worth individuals where we have a big growth opportunity as a firm.
 

"I try to make sure I push myself out of my comfort zone regularly so I’m always learning.”
 

Paddy’s role as deputy chair on our Board of Partners involves ensuring a strong Australian firm by overseeing the development and execution of our strategy and maintaining fairness and equity within our partner group. She says it’s rewarding to look back at the significant changes that have taken place in our firm during her time on the Board, including our acquisition of Booz & Co (now Strategy&), setting up PwC Indigenous Consulting and PwC Legal, launching our Diversity & Inclusion strategy, introducing the fixed share partner model, the creation of ASEANZ Consulting and more recently, our vision for 2020.

Now on the board of three not-for-profit organisations, Sydney Living Museums, Sydney Festival and the David Martin Foundation, she admits that this could have been one too many (in terms of her time commitment) but doesn’t regret it for a second. “On the board of Sydney Living Museums I sit at the table with specialists in history, architecture, law, digital and government relations. I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people with different perspectives from me - it’s challenged my thinking.”

Paddy is currently standing for election to our global board of partners. 
 

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