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60 seconds with ... Lisa Wood

4 min read

1 minute with our CMO where we asked her whatever we wanted.


Chief Marketing Officer


I did a Business Studies degree at Huddersfield Poly (now Huddersfield Uni) and majored in Marketing.

Previous experience

My first ever job, aged 16, was a shop assistant at C&A, in the fashion department, which was pretty cool because I also got a discount on all my clothes. I then got promoted to cashier which I was pretty proud of.

Straight after uni I was offered a graduate position at Midland Bank, which was the start of a 23 year stint at Midland Bank/HSBC/first direct.

If you could own any pet, what would you own?

I love my Cocker Spaniel, Oscar, to bits. He’s as mad as a hatter!

When are you at your happiest?

After a good day outdoors - somewhere scenic, chilling with good food, wine and company. Preferably white and French … that’s the wine I’m talking about.

Favourite holiday location?

I couldn’t choose just one. I love skiing (you can’t beat the view from the top of a mountain) and I also had an unforgettable time out in the sticks in Zambia. Pretty much anywhere with beautiful vistas. I’ve spent some time living in Jersey and I must say that St. Ouens beach is one of my favourite places.

Guiltiest pleasure?

Watching 'Don’t Tell The Bride’.

The most valuable ‘thing’ you own?

I’m not hugely sentimental, so material things don’t matter much. I’d have to say a photograph of all my family together at my brother’s wedding in Spain. My family is very important to me.

Song at your funeral?

I’d love a friend of mine to play “Make me a channel of your peace” by Sebastian Temple.

Celebrity lookalike?

I don’t really have one, although some of my friends say ‘Kate Winslet’ – I can’t really see it myself.

Toughest thing about your job?

The fact that there are not enough hours in the day. Building a bank’s a big job, but I’m very lucky that I love what I do.

If you weren’t in finance what would you be doing?

I enjoy doing up properties, so I’d have to say either interior design or architecture.

Advice for graduates looking to do what you do?

Do what you love doing and what you’re naturally good at.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

When I first joined first direct, I was asked to have a chat with the CEO and he said something that has stayed with me to this day. He said “Do us all a favour, the day you stop enjoying walking through that door – Go!"