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Who’s who at AIM - Ann Messenger FAIM

Australian Institute of Management board member Ann Messenger FAIM is a shining example of a perfect work-life balance. An internationally-esteemed chartered accountant, she has managed to successfully juggle a highly successful corporate career with being a loving mum and wife to her family.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: Trust your instincts. I’ve found that if something doesn’t feel right then it’s usually not and with further deliberation one can usually work out why.

Q: When it comes to investing, do you believe in property or shares and stocks? 
A: Personally, I’d have to say that within the context of the Australian tax regime, I’ve found property to be the best performer over the long term.

Q: What’s your best time management tip?
A: Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise… and plan. When you think you have no time take charge of your time and devote whatever you have to your top three priorities.

Q: What are the biggest challenges facing business in your local area?
A: My local area is dominated by small retail businesses and they are really doing it tough as consumer confidence remains weak but those who really know their customer are prevailing and will be very well placed when market conditions improve.

Q: What’s the best part of being a member of AIM Group?
A: The future is so very bright for our national Membership which stands to benefit greatly from new initiatives designed to deliver more than ever before. Watch this space.

Q: If you could be anyone for a day who would you be?
A: Definitely David Attenborough. Short of being able to talk to animals what he does communing with nature would have to be the next best thing. Plus he’s made such an enormous difference to global awareness of environmental issues.