How would your family or friends describe you in three words?
I asked my friends and didn’t get a sensible answer. I think that says a lot.
What is your favourite thing about working at EPM?
The people – both my colleagues and clients. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, which makes such a positive difference to my working life.
What would you do career-wise if you were not working as a Senior Auditor?
Unfortunately, I’m not one of those lucky people who always knew what they wanted to do – I was very fortunate to get the job at EPM, but it wasn’t my dream to be an auditor. I’ve only ever thought about two jobs I’d like to do – owning a B&B or working on the checkout at a supermarket. The latter is my aim for retirement!
What is something most people don’t know about you?
Most people know everything there is to know.
Do you have a favourite book?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach. It’s quite a short story about a seagull who is outcast by his family and friends as he sees there is more to life than constantly searching for food and shelter – he enjoys flying and soaring the cliffs for fun. It’s a beautiful book and a good reminder that there’s more to life than the mundane.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Britpop and cheesy pop take me back to good times at school and Uni and make up the majority of my playlist. But I’ll listen to pretty much anything.
What was the first pet you ever had?
I’ve never had any pets as my older brother is very allergic to anything not human. The closest I’ve come is my ex-housemate’s gerbils and my partner’s marine fish. I always wanted a tortoise though (I blame Blue Peter!).
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I haven’t travelled extensively, but the two places I could see myself living are Barcelona and Reykjavik – I would love to go back.
What achievement are you most proud of?
Probably renovating my house with my partner. What started out as a 6-month re-wire and re-decorate turned into completely gutting it and 4 years of very hard work.
What’s the best and worst things you’ve eaten?
The worst is definitely cucumber. I can’t stand the stuff! As for the best; my mum’s cheese-on-toast. I don’t know what she does, but I can’t replicate it. It’s amazing!
What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekends?
Seeing family and friends or going somewhere in the caravan with my partner.
How do you think the industry will change in 10 years?
I think advancements in technology will massively change the industry, ranging from zero-emission or autonomous buses to the availability of more detailed analytical data.
Read the previous Employee Spotlight with Service Desk Manager, Olly Gough.