Director of Catering at The House of Commons
- What was your favourite subject at school?
I loved Geography and intended to learn more about environmental studies at university but didn’t get the grades. As I was working a lot in hotels and bars at the time I thought I’d give hospitality some further thought and ended up at Bournemouth University (Dorset Institute of higher education as it was then ) studying Catering Management which I loved.
- What was your first job?
Washing pots at the Yang Sing Bistro.
- Which is your favourite restaurant /hotel?
Hotel – The Dorchester. Having worked there for a few years in banqueting when I was learning the trade it was an exciting and interesting place to work. A different world of indulgence.
Restaurant – I’ve recently been to the Kota restaurant in Porthleven in Cornwall. Fresh local food, great service and fabulous location.
- How do you inspire your team?
Having a clear vision and message of what needs to be achieved. Lead from the front and by example, support and nurture so that the team recognise and achieve their own potential.
- Which person in hospitality have you most admired / inspired you?
I learn and am inspired all the time from the teams I work with and for people I work for. When I first started out in the catering industry Zoe Jenkins who lived and breathed the industry and was constantly passionate about it.
- How do you manage your stress levels?
Drawing the line between work and home life and plenty of external activities to the job to take your mind off things.
- Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – and why?
I don’t have a digital profile as such. I think it can take up too much unnecessary energy. I’ve used LinkedIn previously but this was to find a job at the time.
- If you had not gone into hospitality, where do you think you would be now?
If I had the route of environmental studies probably in a field somewhere taking soil samples
- What did you do on your last days off?
Ran a bit, yoga’d a bit, took the dog for a walk, taxi’d the kids around. Had a nice meal and a glass of wine with family and friends.
- What do you do to relax, to support your wellbeing?
I am a qualified coach for field hockey so this is a great distraction to work and is very rewarding.