Sue Chambers – Investment Manager
This week we sat down with Investment Manager, Sue Chambers, who drives the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund for businesses based in the Liverpool City Region.
What’s your job role at River Capital and what does that entail on a day-to-day basis?
I am part of the Debt Team here at River Capital and alongside our other loan funds I look after the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. This fund is for SMEs looking to start or grow their business who need loan funds between £25,000 and £100,000 in the Liverpool City Region. I also attend a number of networking events across the region to promote our loans and equity offering.
What do you enjoy most about your role? How does this benefit client/partners?
I have always enjoyed working with people and numbers and I am fortunate that my role allows me to do both. Each week I assess a wide range of lending propositions and meet a variety of business owners, so each day is different. I like to think that one of my strengths is problem solving and I like to work with clients to come up with the best solution as to how they can effectively grow their business.
What excites you most about the River Capital rebrand?
I feel that this is a new start for us. We have new loan and equity funds to support local businesses and fresh new premises to enjoy.
Tell us about your career background to date:
I began my career at Sun Alliance’s marine division here in Liverpool and worked during the holidays whilst at University. When I graduated in 1991 I went travelling and ended up working for Eurodisney in France for 6 months as a Time Traveller in Outdoor Foods.
I joined NatWest as a graduate trainee in 1992 and was a Business Relationship Manager supporting a portfolio of SMEs there until I joined MSIF in 2013.
Away from the office, what are some of your hobbies and interest?
I am a mum of 4 so to escape I enjoy socialising and I go out regularly to personal and business events. I have a daily pilates routine and enjoy the cinema, theatre and attending concerts and festivals.
If you won the £100,000,000 tomorrow, what would you do?
I always thought that when I retired I would open my own pub in the Cotswolds. As I get older however that sounds like far too much hard work! With this sizeable win I would immediately retire and buy a number of houses in various countries that enjoy better weather than we do and spend my time holidaying between them.
Thanks for chatting with us Sue!