Brenda started her career in finance as a schoolgirl in Zimbabwe.

One day her father gave her Z$200 and told her that she had to return it at the end of the month, but could keep any profit that she made. She set up a market stall and turned over almost double the original amount, and a career that’s been hallmarked by attention to detail was begun.

Following training as a PA and Executive Secretary, Brenda initially worked as a hotel PA before moving into the automotive industry as an Administration Manager, and then later Manager. In 2000 Brenda moved over to the UK with her husband and son, where she returned to PA work whilst using her own time to retrain in accountancy and payroll.

Brenda originally joined HR Solutions in October 2011 on a four week temporary contract, but the role became permanent by the December due to the exceptional level of accounts administration that she brought, and continues to bring, to the business.

Brenda’s Q&A’s

What’s your greatest personal achievement?

Completing my accounts course. If you’d asked me twenty years ago what I’d wanted to do it certainly wouldn’t have been accounts. But it’s the organising. I like everything to match and balance, and that’s what I thrive on. I love going through the accounts with a fine toothcomb to find where the pennies are.

What’s your favourite book?

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever been given?

Just don’t give up. Never give up. No matter how hard it gets, you’ve just got to keep going and believe in yourself.

What do you wish other people knew about HR Solutions?

We’re a small company, but we have a big impact.