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Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I was born and raised in Spain. I am from the north, near the border with France, where it’s not as hot and sunny so it wasn’t too hard getting used to the British weather! I came to the UK in 2008 with the intention of only staying here for a few months but I loved it so much that I never went back. I worked in tourism for a couple of years before deciding that I wanted to do something else with my life. I had always been interested in people and having worked in a sector where people don’t stay long in their jobs, I wanted to do something to improve people’s life at work ( we spend around 57% of our waking time at work during our working life so we might as well make it enjoyable!) I was lucky to get a place at the University of Bath and I graduated in 2014 with a degree in Sociology and Human Resource Management. In my spare time, I like to go cycling- the canal cycle path between Bath and Bradford on Avon is great! I also attend Kettlebell training three times a week to try and stay fit.

What’s the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council, and your job specifically? 

I feel very lucky to have been offered the role of HR Development Officer as there aren’t many opportunities similar to this one out there. The best thing about my role is that I will get to do four different placements so I will be able to explore different areas within HR & OD which is very exciting. The flexible working arrangements and the savings that you can make with Wiltshire Rewards are great perks.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

Probably pig’s mouth or pig’s ears, although they are not that unusual in Spain.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

My music, lots of sun cream and my husband to keep me company.

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Probably leaving my family and friends to move to another country by myself.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and what would you eat?

JK Rowling, Barack Obama, David Walliams and Channel 4 news presenter John Snow. I would cook Spanish omelette; I haven’t met anybody who doesn’t like it.

What would go into you room 101?

Marmite –sorry Marmite lovers!

What is your favourite music for your commute to work?

I really enjoy listening to bands like Years and Years, Imagine Dragons and One Republic. Anything by Sia is also good.

What is your favourite book or film, and why?

I have to admit that I am a massive Harry Potter fan. I grew up with the books and I have read them both in Spanish and English a few times. My favourite films are Little Miss Sunshine and Big Fish.

What is your ideal holiday destination? 

Anywhere in Italy – I love the food and the people.

What pets do you have?

I don’t have any pets at moment. I had a fish called ‘Pichi’ when I was little. It lived in a fish bowl on top of the fridge and one day when I came home from school it had vanished! My dad moved the fridge and found it there, all grey and rubbery. I was very upset when he flushed it down the loo…

What attracted you to Wiltshire Council?

The push for innovation and new ideas which I find really refreshing.

By |September 27th, 2016|Meet Our People|0 Comments