Business Director - Defence, Marine & Aerospace
My journey began back in 1998 whilst my husband was stationed in Germany. I was keen to embrace the whole military experience and applied for my first role with Compass Group, as a General Manager at Oxford Barracks in Munster looking after the catering, cleaning and support services for 600 soldiers from the First Battalion, Irish Guards.
In 2001 I returned to the UK and held a selection of ESS Contract Manager posts, including the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Over the following 15 years I added various contracts to my portfolio and loved every minute of being the Operations Director. Edinburgh Castle and MOD Whitehall were particularly interesting to oversee with their unique challenges.
In 2016 I became the Business Director for ESS and I have and now with my team look after the Defence East Region, the Royal School of Military Engineering, the US Air Force and the National Training Estates across the UK and Ireland.
I feel very lucky to have travelled and lived in so many different countries and regions of the UK over the last 30 years, 16 houses in fact, and now I’m revelling in being back in my hometown of beautiful Durham surrounded by family and friends.
I have had the opportunity to attend the most magnificent events such as the Queen's Jubilee and a very special day for my husband Les and I was attending Buckingham Palace for the Garden Party.
The best bit of advice I could pass along is, enjoy every minute and take every opportunity that comes your way. Never think you are not good enough for a career. Choose your company wisely and they will support you on your journey.