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Staff interview – Robyn

I have worked with DNG for 7 years.  I have a history in practice and industry but felt 7 years ago I wanted to join a local firm where I could become a key member of the team and work with owner-managed businesses.

What part of your job do you love the most?

The best part of my job is the people – both staff and clients alike. I’m incredibly lucky to have such personable and fun staff who always put their all into their work – it’s what makes the “DNG family”.  Seeing my clients is why I do this job.  It is so interesting dealing with so many entrepreneurs and being with them through the life cycle of their business journeys.  Being able to give business advice to owner managed businesses really is very satisfying and I thoroughly enjoy getting to know my clients and helping them wherever I can.

If I didn’t do the job I do, what would be my dream job?

I’ve always wanted to write and have “started” many novels over the years, hatched plots and dreamt up characters, but have never got past chapter one.  If I had time I would take a year out and rent a cottage somewhere beautiful and write a book.  Just for me.

Or…. I’ve always wanted to be a detective.  I suppose this isn’t surprising considering my current job and my background in auditing.  I’m inherently interested in people and what makes them tick, so the idea of being a detective appeals.

Where did I grow up?

I was actually born in South Africa and spent much of my early childhood there and have extremely fond memories.  Some of my most vivid are:-

My favourite teacher “Sister Marie-Anne” who taught me at the convent school I attended.  She was incredibly strict but also very fair and fun and she instilled a really great work ethic in all of us from an early age.

Only being able to watch English tv on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays…..Back in the 80’s television alternated days between English and Afrikaans.  My favourite shows were (apologies now!) “Knightrider”, “Murder She Wrote”, “MacGyver” and “The Golden Girls”.

Coming home from school every day at 1:30pm.  We started early due to the heat so I would be back home for lunch, do my homework and then spend the whole afternoon in the pool.  What a life!

The best piece of life advice I’ve been given?

There are so many great pieces of advice I’ve been given over the years, but one sticks out in my mind.  The first was from Mark Perry, the Executive Director of Accelerate, the Association DNG belongs to.  Mark occasionally gives me business coaching and I recall him telling me “Don’t focus on what you aren’t good at, get better at what you ARE good at”.  That really rang true with me – so many of us beat ourselves up about the things we aren’t very good at or feel we need to improve upon, but actually we are far better at taking our strengths and expanding upon them.  It’s especially true in business – when I look at my most successful clients they have taken a product or an idea or a service and made it the best it can be, and then continued improving it.  We can’t all be good at everything, but we can find our niche and then strive for excellence.

If you could have dinner with three people from any time, fictional or non-fictional, who would they be and why?

The easiest question!  Firstly my partner and love of my life, Steve. He’s the wittiest man I know and my best friend.  Secondly my 14 year old son,  Jem.  Sitting down and eating together is a great time for us to chat and catch up and he makes me laugh so much with his sarcastic one-liners.  Thirdly my 13 year old step-son,  Jake.  Jake is known for his “factoids” and amazes us everyday with the weird and wonderful things he knows.

Robyn Favill



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