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We'd like you to really get to know our team, because we believe that our people make our business what it is today. With this in mind, we've kicked off a blog series that gives you a sneak peek into the lives of some of the key people at Playscheme.
In the first instalment of A Day in the Life of, we catch up with Angie Foster, our Resource Manager.
Tell us about your role
I'm responsible for the management of HR function, Health & Safety, ISO9001 Quality Management System, maintaining our accreditations and auditioning our systems, customer contracts and invoicing JCT etc. As well as corporate information for tenders.
What are the key challenges of your role?
Well today I have just submitted Playscheme's annual CHAS/Construction line assessment which takes hours and hours. Without a compliant certificate issued by an external auditor, Playscheme would not be an approved supplier for many of our customers - so this is very important.
What aspect of your role do you like the best?
Improving systems. Recently we have implemented SAGE 50 professional accounts for many users in the organisation and it's working really well.
How long have you been working at Playscheme?
Since March 2010, so 6 years. I came to work on a project for 3 weeks and Steve the Director thought I was resourceful so kept me!
Angie as a child
How do you like to spend your free time?
Cycling with my 'Yorkshire Lass Cycling Club' every Sunday morning and longer rides with my hubby. We're currently planning 'Way of the Roses' cycle route over a couple of days. Spending weekends away in our new camper van, long walks with Jasper our black Labrador, gardening, drinking gin and shopping of course.
What is your happiest memory of working at Playscheme?
The Christmas party is always good, because we can reflect on the past year to see how the company and its staff has grown and developed. At the party you hear staff all sharing their memories over the last 12-months, which of course is a good laugh! And of course when we first got accreditation for ISO9001, it was a long journey for me.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Going to Butlins each year with all the family. This including Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Sisters; we spent all day, every day at the fair! My Dad buying me a knickerbocker glory which was bigger than me is also a favourite childhood memory!
Where did you love to play when you were younger?
Spring Field Park in Liverpool. We spent endless hours on the monkey bars. Half of the park is now the home to the new Alder Hey Children's Hospital but the exact monkey bars are still there!
What was your favourite toy as a child?
Girls World and Sindy Doll
Which living person do you most admire and why?
My hubby for a thousand reasons!
What was your most embarassing moment?
Don't know because I would have blocked it from my mind forever! ha ha
What is your most treasured possession?
Road bike and wedding ring
Angie in the thick of it at Playscheme
What would your super power be?
Flying - I dislike travelling, especially airports!
What is your favourite phrase or motto?
"Buy cheap, buy twice" and "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem"
What is your guilty pleasure?
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Christopher Walken. He's fascinating and he could teach me a few dance moves at the end of the night. Melissa McCarthy because she is very funny lady and won't say "Oh just a starter for me, I'm cutting out carbs!" The Beatles so we could have a sing-a-long, and my mum because I didn't really know her.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
The Victorian era, definitely! Only if I could be a member of the aristocracy with the big country houses and those fabulous dresses and being the ruling class.
How do you relax?
Mmm don't think I do! A holiday maybe.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Cycling C2C last year, unsupported over 2 and bit days.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
You are responsible for your own happiness, no one else is.
Keep your eyes peeled for our next instalment coming soon! If you're interested in what we do and how we could transform your outdoor space, then please give us a shout on 01904 607677 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org