What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
Working with the international team at Twintec where we can share experiences, develop new materials, processes and technology to deliver innovative solutions for our customers.
Who’s inspired you most in your career?
I can’t say it was just one person. There have been lots of different people who have had a positive influence on my career. They tended to be the ones who were great communicators and listeners. Directors and Managers who were able to give you a voice so that you were able to develop your skills.
If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?
Racking – strong, dependable and mainly full of trivia.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?
Looking back through my career, I can see that I spent a lot of time away from my family and friends in the pursuit of material gain (for them not me) missing important family milestones and events. This is time I will never get back. If I was to do it all again work/life balance would be at the top of my agenda.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?
Ever the optimist I once missed three flights in one day! Arriving for the first flight to see it taxi-ing down the runway. Quickly booking a second flight at a nearby airport I set off and got stuck in traffic! The next flight was back at the first airport so off I went. Yep, missed that one as well when I was parking the car. It was a time when Ryanair was in its infancy and I guess the only saving grace was that the flights were only £0.25 each!
Who or what makes you laugh?
I have a crazy English Springer Spaniel – every day is a joy!
Do you have any hidden talents?
Ironing – don’t laugh, I am very particular about how my clothes are pressed and I love a good crease!
Who would be your favourite party guest?
If I am having a guest round to dinner, I want it to be a relaxed amusing evening with a bit of light intellectual conversation – Peter Kay fits the bill for me.
What is the greatest luxury in your life?
I love being out in the country and do some clay pigeon shooting whenever I can. I recently bought a new gun which hasn’t improved my score, but I am hopeful that with a little more practice that will change.
What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
I like a drop of red wine. I have tried wines from nearly every country in the world, but I have settled on a good Bordeaux, Roija or something special from the Northern Rhone Valley.
Do you have any secret ambitions?
Sky diving – I have done bungee jumping, so I think I am ready for the next step!
What’s your dream holiday destination?
Greece, even though I have been there many times I still find something new to discover. Each island has its own personality and slightly different culture. I don’t think in one lifetime you could explore it all.
What are your three favourite movies of all time?
Having recently seen No Time to Die, this definitely has to go straight into my top 3. What a film. When I was younger I saw Jaws about 7 times, and parts of it still make me jump today, so that makes the list as well. Finally, one of my all time classic favourites is Zulu – compulsory watching in our house over Christmas.
What is your favourite book of all time?
Every book I read suddenly becomes my new favourite. I read anything from Norse mythology to epic fantasy (there is definitely a link there). I have just finished Jay Kristoff’s Empire of the Vampire, what a terrific read it was.
What’s your favourite pastime?
Cooking – I haven’t had any processed food for years and like to make everything from scratch. I have over 100 cookbooks from different cuisines around the world I enjoy the challenge of creating new dishes.
If you won the Lottery, what would you do?
Celebrate! Even if it was only £10, it’s a good excuse for a party!
What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?
Be flexible, take your time and enjoy.