Getting to know Danni

What’s your name and what do you do?

My name is Danielle aka Danni and I work on the Financial Services desk here at GB Solutions. I help a variety of clients ranging from Finance to Insurance and everything in between. 

Where were you born?

I was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire and used to live a short bike ride to the beach which I miss greatly. Having grown up near the coast I love the outdoors and visiting new places.

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

I actually wanted to be a paleontologist until I was 14, I was a fan of everything Dinosaurs with Jurassic Park being one of my favourite films. After this, my passion for horses won and I changed my mind to wanting to join The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and had almost completed my application and recruit’s days, but unfortunately prior to the last fitness test I slipped a disc in my back and was no longer able to apply. 

What did you do before GB Solutions?

Before GB Solutions I worked within the Insurance Industry at Towergate Insurance based in Cheltenham. Within my five years there I enjoyed a great role within the sales team working on the Leisure product selling various Caravan Policies. I then moved onto the Marine team when this was relocated to Cheltenham to help head up the sales team and support the new Team Leader.

Within my time at Towergate, I was nominated by my colleagues for a company-wide Customer Excellence Award and won the award for Exceptional Role Model that came with a fabulous £1000 of Red Letter Day vouchers. This was a fantastic achievement and very humbling to have been picked for my hard work.

Describe a day in the life of yourself

A day in my life very much revolves around animals, as me and my partner, Steve have one cheeky cat called Harry and last year we adopted our beautiful dog Skye from Romania. Mornings are normally a bit of a rush with the snooze button being too easy to press during the winter months, summer is much easier. I get up and fuss over the pets for a couple of seconds and then get ready for work. Absolutely love having a short journey to work now and share evening tales with my colleagues over a cup of tea once in. After work, I head home and either me or Steve will take Skye out for a walk (normally Steve if the weathers not so good), my compromise is to make dinner. We then have quite a relaxed evening catching up on our favourite TV shows including; The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Strangers Things and many more box-sets.

During the weekend we try to find something dog orientated, so exploring new woodland walks is the normal go-to activity. We both enjoy going to the cinema as well so will normally catch a movie over the weekend and then catch-up with friends for a Games night and then on Sunday’s a nice roast with family.

 What was the happiest moment of your life? 

I would have to say anytime I was horse-riding, I’ve been in love with horses since my first lesson as a 5-year-old and grew up with every opportunity being around them. I would work weekends and some evenings/holidays to be able to have a share in some horses growing-up which was great as it almost felt like I had my own horse. When I think back on happy times it would invariably involve horses, even more so now that I cannot ride currently due to my back. A particularly special moment of mine would have to be seeing the Spanish School of Riding in Vienna for a wonderful 30th Birthday present from my parents. We were able to watch a special show with the incredible movements of the Lippizana and were given a tour of the school afterward that even involved going into the actual stable block itself, this was an incredible day. 

If you could interview anyone from your life living or dead who would it be and why?

If I could interview anyone it would have to be Tina Turner, she is such an inspiration with an incredible story of courage and I absolutely love her music. I feel like she would be able to share a lot of great wisdom and how to overcome obstacles and hopefully sing a few songs as well.

How would you like to be remembered? 

I would hope to be remembered as a kind and loving person with a sassy side. I love my friends and family and would do anything to make sure they’re happy. I’d also like to think people would remember my strength through tough times whilst having a good shoulder to cry on. They would also probably say that my sense of humour could be sarcastic at times but always in a fun way.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?

I have learned through different circumstances the importance of perseverance and how to stay true to myself and not worry what others may be thinking. Also, that not everything can be or should be controlled, I think it’s important to take each day as it comes and make it the best it can be. Live in the moment and enjoy the now!

  • What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to a job seeker

I would have to say honesty. Be honest with yourself and what you need but also be honest with others around you. Don’t be afraid to grab that new opportunity and jump out of that security bubble as it might be the best thing you’ve ever done.

If you would like to speak to Danni about her jobs or candidates in the Financial Services industry, you can call her on; 01452 429902 or email her on Danielle@gbsolutions.co.uk