Sunday, May 31, 2020

Time Out: Victoria Hicks, Group Director at The City and Capital Group

Looking to provide a little fun in some rather dark times, this ‘Time Out’ features Victoria Hicks, Group Director at The City and Capital Group, the Leeds-based consultancy partner for financial and professional service organisations.

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?

My answer a few weeks ago would have been somewhat different to today – but I now start every day with Yoga. I appreciate that sounds so cliché, but until recently I could feel a real lack of flexibility about me, and a tightness in my lower back and hamstrings – I couldn’t even touch my toes.

I decided to start doing Yoga and commit to it, and after just a few weeks I felt like a different person. I move in ways I’ve not been able to in a long time and carrying out a basic routine in the morning really sets me up for the day. I do it with zero grace, but I’m moving and improving! I also have a massive coffee!

What is your hobby?

Reading and learning. I love finding out about people and real-life much more than fiction, and gravitate to text about health and the environment. When I start something, I really need to know everything! Almost three years ago I became vegan and researched as much as I possibly could about all aspects of it – from the environmental impact of food, to farming methods and nutrition.

I am also interested in faith. I don’t have a religion as such, but I am certainly open to learning about different religions and faiths. I suppose I like looking for answers and like to remain open.

What is your favourite movie?

This is a really tricky one – and entirely dependent on my mood. A very good, well-written and mind-bending film is Memento with Guy Pearce from 2000, but then comedy-wise, I’d have to go for White Chicks – I could probably quote it word for word! For a bit of nonsense, I watched Clueless again the other day with my nine-year-old – this film got me during my formative years, and reliving it made me smile the whole way through.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?

If you had asked me as a child what I wanted to do when I grew up, I wouldn’t have had a clue. I was lucky enough to enjoy a career in financial planning, which led me to eventually run my own business in the sector. I now get to combine both of these joys by helping advise firms to grow in an industry I’m passionate about while building my own business alongside my husband, Stuart.

Having spent the last few years learning about animal welfare and the environment – and realising that there is a great deal of work to be done to change perception – this is where I hope to spend my future. It would be great to one day be in a financial position that allows me to offer my time to these causes, and this is certainly one of my main drivers when I think about my own future.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

The ability to stop time – this has always been my superpower of choice. You could go anywhere, do anything… or simply do nothing and read books.

What is your favourite genre of music?

Another difficult one! Despite loving a bit of cheese, it has to be dark music – I’ll say that’s a genre! Essentially, I mean bands or singers writing from a time of turmoil, with poetically crafted sentences, sometimes awkward chords and with a tonne of emotion. Artists including Etta James, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Turin Breaks, Amy Winehouse and Elbow are just a few that stir up emotion musically and lyrically.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?

2003 when I had just started university in Manchester – it was my first real taste of freedom! There were parties everywhere, and a big bunch of youngsters forming relationships that will last forever – plus no social media or video phones. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to enjoy that world.

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