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Catherine Gallagher, Head of Commercial, CMC Markets

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Have a ‘can do’ mantra, seek new challenges, don’t knock back opportunities and always be open to learning

Cat currently holds the title of Head of Commercial at CMC Markets, a LSE listed online trading provider, overseeing the Asia Pacific region. Her remit includes development of the commercial function and management of the client facing teams across the region. Previous to this, Cat has held senior marketing roles within global technology and financial institutions. Cat has been based in Australia since mid-2010, originally hailing from Dublin, Ireland, where a maths and science education with a psychology major coupled with a passion in understanding consumer behaviour drove the foundations for a 15 year career in the marketing and client experience fields.

 

Top tips

  • Back yourself, cut out the noise, decide who you trust and respect and then actively ask for feedback
  • Understand your own personal values and be consistent in checking in with them to drive authenticity
  • Make time for your team. Hire good people and ensure they have the tools they need to shine
  • Be open when you fail, drive a culture where this is acceptable and people feel supported to take risks
  • Acknowledge the wins, have fun and find time to laugh

 

the most valuable piece of advice SOMEONE HAS GIVEN YOU

Starting a new role in a new industry “Have confidence, absorb everything and apply your inherent skills – you got this job for a reason”

Your key piece advice to someone looking to progress

Have a ‘can do’ mantra, seek new challenges, don’t knock back opportunities and always be open to learning