04 July 2018
Meet Richard Briscoe
With extensive experience in the finance industry and 15 years at Managing Director level, Richard is at the helm of the business ensuring the team maintain the 50 years of Close Finance’s customer care in the islands, while ever looking to expand the business. Richard spends his downtime exploring the islands and discovering hidden beach cafés.
How do you start off your working day?
Breakfast with my family followed by a short cycle along the seafront to drop my daughter at nursery, and then back up the seafront on my three-speed bike with a basket. A most pleasant commute compared to previous years spent in the UK.
Do you travel much in your role?
I used to spend a lot of time on motorways and trains so now the thought of a quick flight between the two Channel Island offices is a pleasure. I also travel once a month to our head office in the UK. One aspect of living in the Channel Islands is that it is easy to talk face-to-face with customers and this personal approach really helps build and cement relationships.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
I love travelling and have been fortunate enough to have trekked to Everest base camp, climbed Kilimanjaro and seen the sunrise on Machu Picchu. With a young family now, I’m not quite as adventurous but we recently returned from staying in a tree house in Thailand and we washed an elephant in the river. Favourite place is a difficult choice between Cape Town, Kathmandu and Angkor Wat.
How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?
I have found it very difficult in the past as I am quite a driven person and was probably guilty of spending too much time thinking of work. Moving to the Channel Islands was the best decision I have made and I feel I have finally found a good work/life balance – my family certainly think so.
How would you quantify success?
Being satisfied with what you have achieved. If you feel you have given your best to something, be it work related, a sporting achievement or parenting, then this is enough.
What single achievement are you most proud of?
I spent a long time rowing both at school and in my early working life and represented England on several occasions. I was fortunate to train alongside the Olympic squad at Leander Club in Henley on the Thames for seven years and compete at Henley Royal Regatta. These guys, many of whom were Olympic medallists or went on to win Olympic medals, were very inspirational.
What’s the best piece of advice you were ever given?
Don’t fill a wine glass up to the top – there is always another bottle that can be opened.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A pilot for the sheer sense of adventure and travel. Finance can be adventurous at times too!
What is the last thing you think about at the end of the day?
I try to think about something positive that has happened in my personal or professional life or an event that I am looking forward to.