At IQ-EQ, we pride ourselves on recognising talent and nurturing the development of our bright young professionals in an individualised and holistic way. Among our rising stars in Guernsey is Steph Vidamour, a senior administrator in the Private Wealth team. Here, we quiz Steph on her career so far, her personal interests and ambitions for the future, and how IQ-EQ is supporting her on her journey.
So Steph, tell us about your career to date
I joined IQ-EQ’s Guernsey business in 2010, straight out of sixth form. Back then, it was Mercator Trust Company, before the acquisitions that saw it become part of the global IQ-EQ group. As a school leaver, I was keen to develop my professional credentials so promptly took courses at the GTA Centre and completed my Diploma with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), kindly funded by the firm. Within my first few years I progressed from Trainee to Senior Trust Administrator.
In 2018, I left the company (and the island) to travel the world for six months – through Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Iceland! – before relocating to London where I worked with another leading fiduciary, fund and corporate services provider. There I serviced a global and varied client portfolio, including some of the firm’s largest corporate accounts.
In the end, London life was not for me, so I have returned to island life. Thankfully, the (now significantly bigger) team at IQ-EQ Guernsey welcomed me back with open arms. I have re-joined the same department and am getting on fabulously with colleagues old and new. I even have some of my old clients back and it has been lovely to reconnect with them.
Tell us more about your travelling!
Where to begin? I travelled from UK to Hong Kong and then through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Borneo, Kuala Lumpur, Australia, New Zealand, California and New York before finishing off in Iceland. It was very ‘go go go’, and I experienced things I never thought I would! I’ve quad biked in Cambodia, swam with glowing plankton in Thailand and seen orang-utans in the wild in Borneo – absolutely one of my favourites! I’ve also walked around the outside of the tallest building in Auckland… at the top, I hasten to add! My legs were like jelly and a storm was coming so it was super windy and wobbly.
What else? I drove through Australia and New Zealand, which was a dream; the roadside scenery is incredible. And I have to say finishing off our trip with a relaxing stay at the Blue Lagoon resort in Iceland was fabulous! An expensive trip, but totally worth it!
What does your day-to-day role at IQ-EQ entail?
A lot of my time is spent liaising with clients, relationship managers and a range of intermediaries, such as lawyers and accountants, primarily regarding property transactions. This could be in relation to mortgages, refinancing, lettings, purchases, sales. There’s also quite a bit of restructuring going on at the moment following UK property tax changes.
Another key tenet of my role is line managing one of our junior team members. I have plenty of experience training and guiding new recruits, but formal people management is a new responsibility for me and I am enjoying the challenge.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I’m a real people person so love talking to people and working collaboratively with my clients and their advisers to put in place structures that achieve their business and wealth goals. I also love the fast pace; I’m at my best in a busy environment where there’s loads to do!
What do you love doing in your spare time?
Yoga! I love yoga. I’ve been practicing for about five years. I’m no expert and often think I must look like I’m stuck when trying to practice (!), but I really enjoy it. I attend classes but also use a fab app called DownDog. Other than that, I’m all about family: I spend as much time as I can with them. This past year has taught us more than ever to cherish the time you have with your loved ones.
What are your future career goals?
I would love to be a manager, responsible for my own team and client portfolio. To this end, I’m excited to have been selected for IQ-EQ’s next run of ‘Basecamp’ management training, one of the core strands within its bespoke ‘Ascent’ learning and development framework. With such a dynamic range of training programmes, plentiful opportunities to take on new responsibility, and clear support for each employee’s personal goals, I hope to enjoy a long and fruitful career with IQ-EQ.
Senior Trust Administrator