Get to know
Peter Barber

Director, Direct Sales, Service and Marketing Technologies
Published: January 25, 2023

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 Peter Barber, Director, Direct Sales, Service and Marketing Technologies, Allstate Northern Ireland.

Where has been your favorite travel destination and why?

PB: Probably Italy, I love the climate, the food, the culture and the history. It really is the full package. I also love Portugal as parts of the Algarve coast are just stunning.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

PB: I'm not sure about hidden talents. I used to be a pretty decent photographer, but like a lot of things I eventually got bored with it and give it up. It is something I can see me picking up again in the future. I also like collecting Irish Whiskey, more from an investment perspective, but with the amount of varieties and flavours, it is a fascinating field and constantly changing. In summary I obsess about something, learn it, then get bored and find a new hobby.

What show are you currently binge-watching?

PB: I am eagerly waiting the Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones prequels, so really just passing the time watching any rubbish until then. But as you can gather, I like my Scfi and Fantasy.

What's your idea of a perfect day?

PB: I like variety, so anything that I feel that I have accomplished something, whether it is doing the jobs around the house I have been ignoring for weeks, or going for a walk on the beautiful Donegal beaches, catching a sunrise or sunset. I just don't want to go to bed feeling I wasted the day; life is too short for that.

What skill would you most like to learn?

PB: I would love to learn how to draw or paint, I was never very good at it, but love art and would love to have a fraction of the talent that artists have.

What's your most-used productivity hack?

PB: Keep an action list, it helps you focus on what's important, but also enables you to give yourself recognition for what you have accomplished, which helps motivate you. Its very satisfying when to put a line through an action you have been ignoring for awhile

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

PB: Be more confident in your ability, we all suffer from Imposter Syndrome to a certain extent, if I had known how to manage and cope with that earlier in my career, it would have saved a lot of stress and sleepless nights. Everyone has value to add, we just need to see it in ourselves sometimes.