Tell us a little bit about yourself (as much as you want to reveal!) – your work background, your interests…
I joined Wiltshire Council in January 2015 as the Head of Service for Registration, and the last seventeen months have just flown by. It has been such an exciting time for us all, developing new ceremonies which offer lots more choice to couples; creating a new ceremony brochure and working with our marketing team on new, improved web pages which will be going live on the council website very soon. The highlights of the past year and a half have been the opening of a second beautiful ceremony room in our Bourne Hill Registration Office; a biker wedding at the Registration Office in Chippenham; two Wedding Open Days – one at County Hall, Trowbridge and the other at Bourne Hill, Salisbury and of course the special Citizenship ceremony, held at Salisbury Cathedral to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in June 2015. I have over ten years’ experience in Registration and have worked for three different local authorities. Prior to that, I was a Practice Manager in the NHS for many years.
I have two grown up daughters who have flown the nest, leaving some ‘me’ time which is very precious. I go to the gym, probably less regularly than I should. My husband and I enjoy walking – I prefer flat landscapes, unfortunately he prefers hills and mountains! We love getting out on our motorbike when the weather is good and have had many holidays travelling around Europe on the bike. I love visiting new and exciting destinations and have a bucket list of places I want to visit around the world; most of those not on the motorbike!
I love my job, no two days are the same, and I am very proud of the fact that I head up a team of professional, caring people who are here to help record all the really important life events which occur throughout Wiltshire.
What’s the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council?
That it genuinely puts people first, trying to offer the best services it can to the residents of Wiltshire. It is a forward thinking organisation, embracing change and innovation. It seeks staff opinion through open forum opportunities and rewards staff who are doing a great job, through the staff awards scheme. Individuals or teams can be nominated for an award by colleagues, members of the public or line managers and have their achievement publicly recognised.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
Fish head soup. It was disgusting. In the late 1980’s my husband’s job took us out to Brunei in South East Asia and we were invited to dinner one evening by one of his colleagues. The soup was served as a starter. It would have been impolite to refuse and the taste and texture of that soup will stay with me forever!
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
My dad who died over thirty years ago and I still miss him today, Tim Peake, his pictures of earth from the International Space Station have been mesmerising, Dame Margot Fonteyn, in my opinion one of the greatest ballerina’s of all time – I would love to find out about her and Nureyev the Russian dancer who defected to the West and Field Marshall Montgomery – I’d want to find out all about the desert rats campaign in North Africa during World War II and his battles with Rommel.
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