Danielle Reilly

Director AT&T Account, London

The most influential person in my life is my father. He’s the most solid person I’ve ever encountered. He’s always approachable about anything, whether it’s personal or about work, and he’s the least judgemental person I know. He runs three businesses but he always finds time for charity work – he’s just come back from Lourdes, where we was supporting a disabled man on a seven-day trip. I’ve always aspired to be like him, and I make sure that I do my bit for charity.

At Colt, we have an annual charity bike ride, which is in its eighth year now. About four years, ago, one of the co-chairs of the ride’s committee was looking for more female cyclists to take part in the ride. I signed up, but soon after realised I didn’t like the idea of having to train on London roads, so I decided to help with the organisation.

That first year, one of my jobs was to run the lunch team – we catered for 185 people every day. The following year, the chair left and asked me to take over, and eventually, I said yes. Since then, the ride has gone from strength to strength. Last year we hit the one million euro mark with the money we’ve raised from the ride. I have a busy lifestyle, I’m the Account Director for Colt’s largest Wholesale customer – the reason I do this is to make a difference to these children’s charities, to the children there. I want to make a difference like my father.

Danielle Reilly | Director AT&T Account | London