How long have you worked at ­Sainsbury's?

I have worked for Sainsbury's for nearly 18 years. I was attracted by the promise of a fast paced environment and the opportunity to work with people and help with their career development. I certainly have not been disappointed. This is the fourth store that I have managed in the north east and I have been here for the past three years now.

What is your working week like?

It's incredibly tiring at the moment as I am working night shifts all week. It's part of a new company-wide scheme designed to get store managers and directors to meet the overnight teams and get a taste of what they do. I have been working from 10pm till 6am every single night this week, and believe it or not I am thoroughly enjoying it. It's really fantastic to meet the various teams of staff I would never see during the day and congratulate them on all their hard work in getting the store to look so fantastic first thing in the morning.

What is the best thing about the Washington store? Without a doubt my team of long-serving staff. They are the reason we have won this award this week. I have just had 30 members of my staff attend Sainsbury's annual 25 Years Service Awards for dedication to the company. It's an amazing achievement for them and the advantage for me is that I have a tremendously experienced team. It also means they have a fantastic rapport with all of the store's local shoppers, which is definitely another bonus. People stay so long because we have such a positive working environment here.

What has been keeping you busy lately? The preparations for Christmas have taken up quite a bit of my time. It's a large store and there is a lot to see to, particularly with regards to non food. I think we are heading for our best Christmas ever in terms of sales. We have our biggest ever range of Christmas goods, which looks fantastic and the staff are really excited.