My job role here at the chamber is the Membership Officer. I support Jenn, our Membership Engagement and Policy Manager.
I love meeting Chamber members, finding out about their businesses and being able to support them as a complete business community.
I joined the Chamber in July 2022 having taken time out of my career to complete an Fda in English and Creative Writing, a great love of mine. My working history has been varied starting with a stint in the Royal Air Force as a transport mechanic and after leaving to have my family I moved into youth work working with at-risk young people, in an alternative education environment within the charitable sector.
This led to me training other youth workers and on relocation to the North East my role as a Community Development Manager involved collaborating with communities within a deprived area to gain large scale funding and provide opportunities not previously available.
My home life has involved relocations to, France, Cyprus, Germany, and across all counties of the UK. My training experience took me into training carers within a domiciliary care setting, where I also worked first-hand within a palliative care setting, which was a huge privilege. This led to management within the residential care home sector and eventually I became a Business Manager for Anchor managing a large home in BANES.
My husband, a hugely travelled outdoor adventure type, and I decided to settle in Somerset and in 2010 bought an outdoor clothing business in Cheddar Gorge and have been expanding it ever since. For seven years, I also owned a party/event retail/set-up business during that time.
My working life has given me a chance to be involved in people’s lives with an aim of doing what I can to support them. It has also given me a good insight into the challenging work that is involved with self-employment and the highs and lows of retail and online business, as well as large-scale business management.
My home life involves being outdoors, horse riding, canoeing, kayaking and SUP’ing and spending time with my family and Rhodesian Ridgeback!
Outside of work, I am a trained Hatha yoga teacher and relaxation therapist!