- How long have you worked at Confex?
I joined Confex in October 2009.
- What were you doing before joining
Office Manager for 7˝yrs for Kingfisher Swimming Pools building domestic and commercial swimming pools and spas. I gained a lot of knowledge of the building trade especially in small and large plant hire and ordering materials; debt default, arranging meetings, attending Trade Shows and ensuring office runs smoothly. If it wasn’t for the building trade slowing down I am sure I would have still been there. Before that also worked within the NHS for 7 years in various departments as a secretary typing reports, arranging meetings and taking minutes. Also I have worked for the Potato Marketing Board typing daily retail & wholesale potato prices.
- Tell us something different about
your life outside of Confex?
My husband has his own business his is a qualified stonemason and specializes in monumental memorials with hand cut letters and sandblasting. I do his invoices and quotes when I get home from work and we both try not to ‘work’ at the weekend as this is the time we like to spend together.
I love wide open spaces especially in the countryside having been brought up on a Farm in Oxford as my parents were third generation tenants on a 300+ acre Farm in dairy and arable. The view of the Oxford spires were spectacular. I even helped Dad calve a cow and raised a calf that was rejected by its mother.
I very much enjoy gardening, I can potter around all day long as I find it very therapeutic. Horror films are the best, I recently watched 21 in 8 days nothing like a good ‘jumper’!
- Who are your role models and why?
My College Tutor, Anne Stearns, was a great inspiration. At 16 I was very impressionable and she has greatly influenced me throughout my career. I enrolled and completed a 2 year YTS course working in administration at a Health Centre in Abingdon and moving onto the Apollo Theatre, Oxford (now the New Theatre) with day release at Abingdon College of F.E. where I gained Distinctions in RSA Diploma Parts 1, 2 & 3 in Administration/General Reception.
- How do you like to spend any spare time you may have?
My husband and I are currently refurbishing a 1960s detached bungalow in a beautiful village in Broughton which we bought in October 2012 and also live there. I also enjoy walking and entertaining family and friends.
- What is the most interesting place you have visited and why?
A cruise in the Caribbean where we managed to visit 10 countries in 14 days: Puerto Rico, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Bonaire, Aruba to name a few and they certainly have the ‘wow’ factor. I will never forget the experience of seeing flying fish and turtles in the sea, it was simply awesome.
- Tell us an ambition you have achieved and
one you have yet to fulfil?
I have appeared in Inspector Morse and Gulliver’s Travels as an extra. I completed a Moonlight Stroll around Oxford in aid of Sobell House Hospice in 2008. In the early 90’s I did a Tandem Skydive @ 9,000ft for a charity for the disabled, such an exhilarating experience and one that I will never forget. I remember saying to my ‘buddy’ that it was the first time I had flown! Also I would like to cruise the Fjords.
- What do you like about working at Confex?
Lovely location and enjoy working with the company.