Our Coffee Break Q&A is back; in this monthly series, we enjoy a quick break and a cuppa with a different Mauve staff member, delving into the motivations of the people behind our business.
Last month we kicked off the series with Mauve’s head of marketing Kerry Katsapaos, and loved the opportunity to talk about what makes her tick – in our second instalment, we spoke with Finance Manager Helen Trifillis.
With 20 years of dedicated service, Helen is the longest-standing member of staff in the organisation. Helen has witnessed Mauve’s organic growth from a start-up operating out of a cupboard-sized office, into a multi-national organisation with operations and employees dotted around the planet. It is safe to say Helen has encountered a great deal of growth in her time with Mauve, and in the process has steadfastly managed the finances that have allowed that growth to take place. A very loved character amongst the staff at Mauve, Helen works in our Cyprus office and brings with her a warmth and friendliness that make her a pleasure to collaborate with.
We listened as Helen talked us through her personal and professional motivations, her background in Australia’s Northern Territory, and her thoughts on the future of work.
What 3 words would you use to describe your role?
Working across multiple companies within the organisation can sometimes be challenging, but I enjoy the challenge as it keeps me on my toes and means I am never bored. No two days are the same so I find the tasks I undertake really interesting – though sometimes there is so much going on, it can feel like my to-do list is never-ending!
What is on your wish list for your next 5 years at Mauve?
Having been here for twenty years, I’ve watched Mauve develop from the very beginning and would love to see the company grow and grow even further in its success.
What would you consider to be your biggest professional challenge?
At the age of 18, back in Darwin Australia, I worked in a 5-star hotel and managed the hotel employee payroll responsibilities. It was a big undertaking but gave me a great foundation and learning experience for my role today.
What do you like most about your job?
I love working in a subject I know inside out – numbers. I feel at home with logic, accuracy, banking, currency – things that I know make some people feel completely scrambled! Even when you are really confident with finance, it is always teaching you something new every day and I love that.
If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?
I would love to travel the world – I’d learn how to become a travel agent so I could find all the best-value flights, trips and accommodation, and set off on the trip of a lifetime!
In your personal or professional life, what makes you feel proud?
Seeing my beautiful 3 sons healthy and happy. My boys are my world.
What is the best thing about the place where you live?
Cyprus is a beautiful island which has everything you need; gorgeous beaches, green mountains, a lovely climate most of the year. There are so many things to explore when you have time.
Tell us the best advice you’ve ever heard.
“ Forget about the past and focus on the future”.
Do you have any favourite family traditions?
Spending Greek Easter in the village – there are many traditions connected to that and spending time with family and friends is very important to me.
What do you think the future of work/the global mobility industry will be?
I think it will be challenging to adapt as companies use technology more (e.g. AI, virtual reality conferencing) in place of physically moving around – tech advances really quickly so it will be challenging to keep up with the pace. Mauve’s got the experience behind it to diversify though!
A huge thank you to Helen for sharing her break with us – it’s great to learn more about our colleagues and we hope this helps our readers put some faces and names to the diligent staff behind-the-scenes.
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