AXA PPP boss tells of her rags to riches story

AXA PPP boss tells of her rags to riches story
Tracy Garrad of AXA PPP

Tracy Garrad, who took over the reins at AXA PPP last year, was speaking at the not-for-profit initiative Make It Your Business [MIYB], which aims to inspire women entrepreneurs.

At the event, which was held at the Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells, Ms Garrad told the audience of her struggles as a teenager after the break-up of her family forced her out of school to care for younger siblings at the age of 17.

She said she owed her career – which includes having been CEO of HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man, and CEO for leading UK bank First Direct before joining AXA PPP last year – to a single manager who saw her potential.

She told the audience: “Noticing a spark in someone can make a huge difference. That’s why events like this are so important for personal and professional development.

“You need supporters that can push you through your self-doubt. As women, we can often feel self-doubt much more than others.

“Find out what ignites the passion, and the rewards will be reaped.”

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