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I work part time as Office Manager here at Fairweathers. My role encompasses IT Manager, Data Protection Manager and Health & Safety Manager. I am a Member of the Admin Team here.
In the Past
I formally joined Fairweathers in 2013 as a PA, having previously temped for the firm over a number of years. I then progressed to IT Manager and assisted the previous Office Manager, taking over the full role after she left the firm in 2015.
My background is Legal PA and IT – I’ve worked in law firms since the age of 17. I spent several years working in London for Nabarro Nathanson until I left to start a family in 1998.
I trained as a hairdresser in 2006, attending an evening class to fit in around family commitments and qualified in 2008 (achieving a Student of the Year Award!). Since qualifying, I have run my own self employed business in hairdressing part-time. I also worked for 2 years in a salon for more experience. It’s quite a departure from the structured legal office life, but certainly gives me great variety to my working week and fills my time when I am not in the office!
My role is extremely varied as Office Manager, dealing with anything from the Induction process for new staff to liaising with our various suppliers; I chair Team and Staff meetings; contribute to and help compile the Annual Business Plan and maintain our Firm’s Office Manual; I have a lead role in our annual compliance audit by Lexcel to maintain our accreditation with them.
I am responsible for the Firm’s IT, being the ‘techie’ in the office – this will involve anything from ‘helpdesk’ type support for my colleagues to liaison with our providers for the procurement of services & equipment, or to escalate technical issues. I find the ‘switch off/switch on again’ approach works well!
As Health & Safety Manager, I ensure that both legislative compliance and the Firm’s policy is met. I conduct annual reviews and Risk Assessments and am responsible for this aspect of staff training. I have similar responsibilities with my role as Data Protection Manager.
I do have the benefit of working with friends which makes my role here all the more enjoyable.
I have two children and a grandson who keep me busy.
I love holidays and am always looking forward to booking my next trip.
I really enjoy keeping fit and fill my early mornings with running, HIIT sessions and spin classes.
I enjoy gardening (not always enough time for it though) and love the theatre and cinema and generally socialising with my friends and family.
TV Series: Handmaid’s Tale, Breaking Bad and Dexter
Album: Adele 19, Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill, Oasis – What’s the Story Morning Glory
Food: Italian, Mexican/Prosecco & cocktails
Film: Wizard of Oz and too many others to mention
Places in the World: Barbados
Places in England: Canterbury
Bucket list – go back to learning Spanish (did so for a year but ran out of time!), go on safari in South Africa, visit Canada and Bali