Get to know
Joy Chambers

Director of Business Optimisation
Published: October 19, 2022

Great people are the driving force behind great business. That's why at Allstate we pride ourselves in hiring and nurturing the best people at all levels of our organisation.

Get to know Joy Chambers, Director of Business Optimisation, Allstate Northern Ireland.

Where has been your favorite travel destination and why?

JC: It's hard to pick one destination so if you push me to select just one it would be Alaska. We got to see so much wildlife in their natural environment… salmon, moose, caribou, bears, whales, to name a few and the scenery was just spectacular… glaciers and fjords, mountains, and more lakes, rivers, and waterways than you could imagine. The people were so friendly and it was so uncommercialized. The closest you could ever get on holiday to splendid isolation.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

JC: I have started to volunteer with Ranger Guides and am really enjoying supporting the many and varied activities the girls do. Our unit does Duke of Edinburgh and it's great getting into the great outdoors and teaching the girls map reading, navigating by compass, cooking outdoors by trangia stove and camping. It's been great for me to… pushing me to do more challenging walks and enjoying our amazing scenery from a few feet higher!

What show are you currently binge-watching?

JC: We are watching Leverage. It's a modern-day Robin Hood drama where a crew of high-tech crooks pull off elaborate scams targeted against the greedy and the corrupt.

What's your idea of a perfect day?

JC: Waking up and having a few minutes to relax and read, and then a leisurely breakfast prior to a day trip somewhere or a nice walk along the coast. There has to be dinner out, preferably dining alfresco, all rounded off with a nice glass of crisp white sauvignon blanc. Bliss.

What skill would you most like to learn?

JC: I've had a hankering to learn to play the piano for many years but I have never quite committed. Perhaps more achievable in the short term is to improve my gardening skills. I have been experimenting a little more since the start of the pandemic and I have had some great successes and some epic fails. It's great to potter about outside on a nice day and there is a more social element as you get chatting to folks in their gardens swapping ideas and cuttings. Who knew!

What's your most-used productivity hack?

JC: Highlighting the to do list. It always ends up too long so highlighting the 'must dos' makes it much less daunting.

What piece of advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your career?

JC: Don't be afraid to change course if your gut is telling you something. It's those gut decisions that change your life.