Meet Suzanne Orr, Head of Legal, Alternative Income at Aviva Investors

Secondments in London and Singapore took Suzanne out of her comfort zone, helping her develop the vital skills needed to move her career forward.

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Suzanne Orr talks us through her journey from Senior Legal Counsel to Head of Legal, Alternative Income. Opportunities to work in different locations helped Suzanne build transferable skills. She explains how she aligned these skills to the requirements of the new role, and shares how you can do the same in your career.

Initially qualifying as a lawyer, Suzanne did a few years of private practice before joining Aviva. During her time in-house, her role changed significantly despite staying within the same department.

A pivotal moment came when Suzanne began to explore and create opportunities for herself outside her core team. Secondments in London and Singapore got her out of her comfort zone. She gained experience, but also discovered her current skills were transferable. And her time away confirmed she was ready to step up in her career.

When an opportunity arose, Suzanne reached out to key stakeholders to ask what their requirements for the role were. By aligning her skills with what was needed, Suzanne proved she was the right person for the job.