Team Purple: Clare Mulligan

Clare Mulligan is a senior psychologist and previously ran her own business in Dublin, Ireland. She is a specialist in generational and gender diversity, and also workforce planning.

What is your all-time favourite book? Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I have read it many times and I love the suspense in the story; the writing is also brilliant.

Any movie recommendations that help understand the world of psychology? Inside Out is brilliant. It's a Pixar animated movie and the main characters are the five emotions who live in the mind of the 11-year-old girl in the movie - happiness (joy), sadness, fear, disgust and anger. Joy is the leader of the emotion gang in the movie and tries to keep every memory happy for her human, but the movie portrays well how each emotion will affect our memories and why it’s important to deal with all of them. Watching a kids' movie is also a fun way to educate yourself.

What is your earliest memory? My family moved from Northern Ireland in the 1970s to Manchester. I was very little when we moved so don’t really remember the actual move, but I remember moving to our new house in Manchester when I was about three years old. Our garden seemed amazing as it had a swing and see-saw and I recall running to go and play on it. My next memory was my brothers annoyingly turning it into a football net.

Facebook or Twitter? Both… Facebook for keeping up to date with friends but Twitter for learning, news and a bit of banter. Twitter is definitely the main way to hear the news these days.

Are you a spender or a saver? A spender… I love a bargain and can’t walk away from a sale sign.

Where would you recommend visitors to go in Wilmslow (our office base)? A walk through the Carrs park, which is very pretty. If the weather is good you can get a 99 ice-cream too.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? I’m totally a night owl. I get a second wind about 10pm and will want to stay up for hours.

Have you ever lived in another country? I lived in Dublin, Ireland for 14 years and loved living there. You are near the sea, mountains and beautiful countryside. It’s a European capital city but is relatively small so you can get around easily whilst still having access to everything. Mainly, I loved the people and the ‘craic’ of hanging out in Dublin.

Follow Clare on Twitter @ClareMulligan_

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