Spotlight on Heather

Hi Heather, let’s start with work; what does a ‘normal’ day constitute for you?

I’m not too sure what normal is at the moment to be honest but my job includes preparation of the Monthly management accounts, processing payroll for NPGS, reconciling the income that gets allocated each month, heavy involvement in the annual audit and also overseeing Natalie in the role of acquisition administration.

How long have you been with company? How did you get started?

I have been here nearly 5 and a half years and I first heard about the job through a friend that worked here.

When you were a child, what did you want to do?

Either a teacher or a racing driving, bit of a difference I know!

Work in silence or with music, background chatter and noise?

It really does depend on what I’m doing but generally I prefer light background chatter and sometimes the right kind of music can be fairly productive.

What’s been your greatest moment working here so far?

This is a difficult one to answer – how to answer without sounding too lame! I think when Kelly went on Maternity leave a few years ago and I got the opportunity to step up in to one of the Financial Controller roles.

Great! What’s your drink of choice while you’re working?

It has to be coffee first thing in the morning as I don’t think I could function without it but throughout the day I try to drink as much squash as I can.

And when you’re not working?

Ooh now this is something I can write about  – I love a nice glass of rosé or a glass of red but I think cocktails are my favourite, particularly a White Russian, Espresso Martini and a Pina Colada!

Nice. Name the best place you’ve ever visited.

Do I have to choose just one?? Anyone who knows me knows that I have absolutely loved my visits to America, San Francisco is amazing and also some of the National Parks such as Yosemite, Arches and of course the Grand Canyon. Sorry but I have to mention Iceland too, that place is incredible.

And how about the place that’s currently top of your to ‘visit’ list?

There’s still parts of America I want to see such as Boston and the rest of New England and also the deep south interests me. Elsewhere, Vietnam looks beautiful too.

If you have the choice between staying in and going out, which do you normally choose and what do you normally do?

At the risk of sounding too old I love to stay in with either the Hubby and the dog or a night in with friends can be fun too, alcohol is still obviously involved. That said sometimes there’s nothing better than a nice meal out or a good pub crawl!

What’s the one talent you have that people in your office are unaware of?

I’m not sure that I have one; I’ve been told I throw a pretty decent party if that counts?!

What would your ‘Desert Island’ disc, film and book be?

I’m quite into any books by Jonathan Kellerman (Detective/Homicide novels). Disc would have to be one of the Foo Fighters, and can I cheat? I know it’s not a film but after all these years I’m still loving Grey’s Anatomy

Do you prepare well in advance or are you a ‘last minute’ person?

I used to find I was a bit last minute but increasingly as I’ve got older I have to prepare in advance, if I don’t have a list of some sort then I’m obviously not feeling well.

Who’d play you in the film of your life?

I hate this question – I have absolutely no idea!

DIY or call an expert?

Oh definitely not DIY, more like call my Dad!

If you had to compete at the Olympics, in any event, real or fake, what would you choose?

If holiday hunting was an Olympic sport it would definitely be that! Love a bargain!

Do you ‘do’ Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? Are they useful?

I don’t do Twitter, LinkedIn – I have a profile but very rarely go on. It has to be Facebook – I am a bit of an addict.

Physical book or e-book? Do you still buy a paper? Which one?

Not a fan of e-books, a physical book wins hands down.

On a scale of 1-10, 1 being ‘not at all’, how clued up on technology do you feel you are?

Hmm… I would say probably a 7, I know enough on things to get by and the rest is what the Husband is for!