International Women’s Day 2023 Meet Cerys

Looking back on your career so far, is there a woman who has consistently inspired you?

Whilst working in Greece in my early 20’s, I met a lady named Magdalini Mouzakiti (we call her Noula!). They really did break the mold when they made her! In an environment where women generally undertook a homemaker role, Noula bucked the trend and started her own travel and tourism business. She and her business are still going strong, 24 years after standing on her own two feet and carving out her own path.


What lessons did she pass on to you, that you have now adopted into your own career?

I worked with Noula for 4 summer seasons and learned so much from her within that time. Mostly, how to be a strong independent woman who knows her worth – both inside and outside of the office. She enabled me to see the strength I possess which has served as a foundation for my career development. She also taught me it takes drive and determination to get to where you want to be. Her road to success was not easy, but the hardest times taught her the most valuable lessons. Alongside that however, she really knew how to let her hair down and not take life too seriously.


What is your stand-out moment whilst working at Sero?

It has to be the moment I was announced as Woman in Fintech at last year’s Women’s Recognition Awards. To say I was shocked would be the understatement of the decade! I was beaming with pride and completely overjoyed.


What advice would you give to someone looking to branch into the world of Financial Partnerships?

Be kind, engaging and honest. The partners I work with meet hoards of people, so it’s important to stand out to them for the right reasons.


Lastly when the work tools are down what do you do to switch off? 

I have a very active 4-year-old son, so when I’m not sat at my desk I’m generally a pirate, a dinosaur, or whatever else he tells me to