Updated: Dec 1, 2022
She's not an actress! I guess it should really have been one of the first things I asked her about, but when I sat down to chat with Amanda Redman I really wasn't thinking about the other one who is well known for being the boss in the TV show New Tricks. That's because the Amanda Redman I'm chatting to is entirely interesting in her own right, and no amount of confusing google searches will change the fact that she has never acted alongside Dennis Waterman or James Bolam.
In fact Amanda is a Financial Planner, which means she knows a huge amount about pensions and that sort of thing. This doesn't mean, however, that she is in any way dull. As a child she wanted to be an astronaut, and even if she hasn't actually been into space her career has been pretty stellar.
A big part of our conversation revolves around the inescapable fact that many women get the rough end of the deal when it comes to finances, with many women having far smaller pension pots and general financial wellbeing when they are older than men. There are huge numbers of reasons for this - its a complex subject - so much so that Amanda has written a book on it, called Dare to be Fair, due for publication in July 2021.
It's a really interesting conversation on all sorts of levels - and goes to show that when you talk about money in plain English, you really can learn something valuable.