Ericka FitzGerald

I have always been passionate about helping others.

My parents come from a very poor background and as they progressed in life they taught me and my sister that giving is more rewarding than receiving and having empathy would make us better human beings. Probably that’s why I worked as an ESL teacher for nearly 10 years teaching children, teenagers and adults in Brazil and Canada. I also taught for large corporates and a university in Brazil. Following the advice of a Head of HR who happened to be one of my students at that time, I decided to challenge myself by applying for a sales role at Bloomberg. In a couple of years I became the top sales person for LATAM and decided to move to the UK where my family was based. I then joined Barclays as an eFX sales person and later MUFG. I got married, had two boys who are now 8 and 4 years-old, and, besides my role as a Vice President on the eFX Trading desk, I am the founding co-chair of Family Matters, one of MUFG’s Employee Networks founded in 2016. I also lead the MUFG’s Mother’s forum, where I support new mothers coming back from maternity leave. This has significantly contributed to MUFG’s ability to support and retain women. As I work 4.25 days a week, I have been a role model for many others (men and women), who I mentor inside and outside the organisation, to support them in finding balance in their day-to-day lives and careers. After my first child was born I suffered from PTSD and know how hard it is to cope with mental health, a stressful job whilst being a mum and a wife at the same time. This made me passionate about creating networks and helping others especially at work where people usually suffer in silence. I recently spoke for at the 2019 This Can Happen, the largest mental health at the workplace event, and shared my experience as a new mum, coming back to work and facing mental health issues. I also regularly sit on panels to support family related issues including caring for our elderly parents as I do. I have done Reiki and Healing courses and am an active fundraiser for The Fursa Trust, a charity supporting young kids and teenagers in Kenya.