An Interview with Helen Child

Helen Child is an experienced prepaid card consultant with many years of experience. Having founded and directed the G-T-P Group, she is now the chief prepaid specialist at Striding Edge Ltd.

We presented Helen Child with a range of interview questions, which she kindly answered.

  1. What’s your biggest fear?

Helen Child: The one I’ve not been able to conquer is parachuting …I once jumped off the side of a cliff in France wearing a parachute and ski’s.  It was the single most frightening thing I have done.  Ever!  The paraponting instructor gave me directions remotely through a head set in French, so by the time I had translated them into English and then worked out my left cord from my right one (left’s and right’s as with many females often get muddled in our first language!!) a supposedly serene experience was anything but…

  1. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

Helen Child: British Airways have this great new in-flight film system which I was lucky enough to ‘play’ with recently.  So I’ve seen quite a few…good old George Clooney in The Descendants.  I cried my way through War Horse – I was amazed it didn’t win an Oscar.  The Iron Lady was another good one too – Meryl Streep was just incredible and so very brave to tackle the traumas of dementia.

  1. What is your favourite chocolate?

Helen Child: Just one with SO much choice?  Green and Black’s White chocolate, closely followed by their Butterscotch one.  I adore the fudge from The Fudge Shop in Penrith – now that’s a treat.  (And takes a few miles to run off too).

  1. What is your earliest childhood memory?

Helen Child: Sitting in the saddle with my Mum holding me – from that day my passion for horses was born.

  1. What is your favourite colour?

Helen Child: It has to be green – it’s a certain shade of lime green though, known to those around me affectionately as ‘H’s Green’!  I brighten up everywhere I can with it.

  1. What is your favourite film ever and why?

Helen Child: Too many to single just one out.  I love a movie that is still with you the next day – one that provokes you to think or inspires you to re-evaluate.

  1. Are you looking forward to the Olympic Games?

Helen Child: Of course!  It’s wonderful that we are hosting the games.  You can’t fail to be inspired by the personal dedication, determination and self-sacrifice professional athletes make to achieve their peak performance.   I’ve bought my nephew’s & nieces Pride of Lion mascots…I can’t wait to see the torch pass on 22nd June 2012.  Yes, I’m looking forward to it.

Thanks for reading…

Helen Child is the founder and former CEO of the UK’s first E Money License Issuer to be awarded Prepaid Issuing status by both MasterCard & Visa.

Helen is the leading consultant at Striding Edge and heads an experienced team of prepaid card and payments experts. Through her Striding Edge consultancy, Helen provides strategic and practical support to banks and organisations that are seeking to develop or increase their footprint in the European market.

Voted by Paybefore readers as one of the leading ladies in Prepaid.¬† She is a published author and industry speaker. A founding member of the Prepaid International Forum; the global, not for profit prepaid card industry forum.¬† She’s proudly served as a Council Member of Lancaster University.

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