Nicki Vass’s achievements, in no particular order:
- Sitting next to Mr Blobby on a tractor at the Keith show
[If you’re under 25 you’ll have to Google Mr Blobby… I’ll wait]
- Won a national poetry reading competition at age 5
[A poet and she knew it, apparently, everyone in the office knows it too]
- Played Mary in the school nativity for six consecutive years.
[Karen’s daughter, Becky, never stood a chance]
- Competed at the World Pipe Bands Championships.
[Google that too you’ll find they founded the Olympics #NotGreece]
- Played with Red Hot Chilli Pipers in Spain.[We said no particular order but who are we kidding this is definitely No. #1]
- Skydived in Cuba despite a crippling fear of heights.
[Personal Favourite, you see Becky chickened out just before we left]
- Helped raise over £50k for various charities in her previous roles.
[Got to stay grateful]
- Birthed and, currently raising, an entire human being.
[The Day Red Hot Chilli Pipers dropped to 2nd. Raising the next Queen E.]
Nicki or Nicole, if we’re going to be formal, has a brand of humour unique to herself. Her one-time attempt at stand-up comedy (for Breakneck, no less) was a huge success in that nobody booed! Her role in the office is more serious these days but, Nicki always provides some comic relief, especially when she deals in life insurance, critical illness cover, income protection and family income benefit insurances.
Growing up as a bass drummer (boom, boom! no tss – it’s not that kind of drum) Nicki has enjoyed playing for Grampian Police Band and Culter Pipe Bands. Her love of music is clearly passed on to her daughter, Eleanor, who could sing lullabies in near-perfect pitch by the age of three. She put herself to bed on more than one occasion. Music is a passion of Nicki’s and she believes “music is the sound your soul makes”.
One of the greatest moments of her musical past is certainly playing with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers (that’s not a typo) at a Celtic music festival in Spain with Culter Pipe Bands. Whilst she no longer performs on stage, Nicki still enjoys a love affair with musical theatre and drama, making an effort to see as many stage productions of her favourite plays, musicals and stories as possible and would love to visit Broadway in New York one day.
In more recent times, Nicki can be found walking in the woods or cycling along the banks of the River Dee with her daughter. If the Scottish weather is nice enough, enjoying a picnic at the park with friends. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that give the greatest pleasure.
Generous to a fault and a very good Samaritan, Nicki believes in causes. In her previous role in the Oil and Gas industry, she undertook the voluntary role of Charity Coordinator to organise fundraising events. In that capacity, she helped to generate over £50,000 of funds for local and nationwide charities. The most notable event being the “Big Sleepout”.
This event was run by Social Bites, an organisation that helps the homeless. Nicki and a team of senior managers were sponsored to sleep out in the open on Duthie Park in Aberdeen in December.
In Scotland… In December.
Suffice to say it was a wee bit chilly but, an eye-opening experience too. When morning broke, Nicki was glad to be getting a hot coffee with a big helping of understanding her privilege. Her first act was to donate her sleeping bag and other accessories to the charity. She knew she wouldn’t need them but there was someone sleeping rough who could really benefit.
How does this all impact Nicki’s role as a Protection Advisor? Well, her ability to truly empathise with someone is a unique skill. Along with her sunny, and pragmatic, outlook on life. Her passion for Protection is to ensure her loved ones are looked after. She has seen how devasting it is, losing a dearly loved friend and see the family struggle to pay the bills because the breadwinner has gone. Daily life can be a struggle at times and when you’re grieving, it can seem impossible.
When you’re getting your insurances in place, such as life insurance, critical illness cover and more, your Protection Advisor should be thinking about what it is that you cherish the most.
It’s not enough to think about the cost alone when planning your insurances. Your advisor should look at details such as critical illness for children or if your family medical history may preclude you from cover for some conditions. With the right protection in place, you can allow time to focus on what is important and start to heal without the added stress and strain of financial difficulty.
Nicki is one of those souls who can make you smile and cry (happily) at the same time. She’s slotted in seamlessly to the existing team and taken all the challenges of a new role in her stride.
Look out for the drum-beating, (Boom – Boom, no tss… “it’s not that kind of Drum, Becky”) It will most probably be the well-timed comedienne and Protection Advisor from Aberdeen.