But belief and conviction have been mutual throughout the relationship. Martina recalls her early interactions with Highland as, “memorable and smart with a lovely style.” She’s consistently encouraged by the unwavering faith that Highland has demonstrated in her and her mission.
“A real sense of being on the same side feels so good – it’s not just a case of someone with money deciding if you’re worthy of it or not – these are genuine people, passionate about what we do and who we can talk to,” she says.
As well as choosing the right people to work with, Martina’s secrets to success are of humble simplicity: “have the confidence to admit when you don’t know the answers, and apply what you learn in the textbooks. Most people don’t do that,” she says. “But it really does work.”