If someone was to ask you where your happy place resides, what would you say? Would it be a holiday destination or perhaps a quiet space at home?

When Client Services Manager, Helen was asked this question, she had a rather unique response. Her happy place? It has a brick exterior, is located at 619 Ruthven Street and has a sign pitched out the front reading, McConachie Stedman. That’s right, Helen’s happy place is at work.

It may not be everyone’s go-to destination but for Helen, it fits into her unconventional appreciation for the social qualities her role provides.

It was 2004 when Helen joined the McConachie Stedman family. She had recently welcomed her second child into the world and was not actively looking to return to the work force. Despite this, she was approached to join a small but thriving Financial Planning team who had a growing need for dedicated administration support.

Helen started with just a few hours a week, working around her young family to build team administration processes and systems from the ground up. She admits that even in the early days, she enjoyed the balance work provided in her life and she placed a high value on the friendships she forged.

Over the years that followed, the firm worked with Helen to provide flexible working conditions as her young family grew. She says that even today, workplace support continues to play a pivotal role in raising her family as a busy, working mother.

When it comes to memorable moments, Helen admits that there have been a number of raving June 30 parties that make the list. However, there is one low-key event she fondly recalls where team members showcased their vocal talents with the iconic Playstation game, SingStar.

She remembers pairing up with Self-Managed Superannuation team member, Andrew in an epic sing-off against Director, Steve. So who won? Although event recollections remain inconclusive, Helen recalls belting out a duet to a Vanilla Ice tune and Steve entertaining the crowd with his rendition of Belinda Carlisle’s, Leave a Light On.

After almost a decade and a half with the firm, inspiring a positive work culture continues to be a constant priority for the business. However, Helen acknowledges that there has been a shift in other areas of the firm. Improved systems, a stream of technological advances and significant staff growth are just some of the many areas to evolve. Although the Financial Planning team has grown from a small group of three to a complementary team of nine, Helen says they remain a close-knit team.

Today, Helen continues to oversee client and administration work within the Financial Planning team. When talking about her role, she speaks humbly about the work she has achieved but the truth is, she has worked tirelessly over the years to create a strong foundation and inspire a warm team culture. Her experience, insights and persistence continue to be the driving force of continuous improvement.