Addo Food Group, on being a veggie, Manchester United and Patrick Swayze
What was your first-ever job? My first full-time job was with Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service. I provided the admin support for the training centre based at an operational station. I loved it!
What’s been your worst job interview? I attended an interview at a chicken processing plant once. After the interview they took me for a tour around the factory. Needless to say that - as a veggie - I didn’t progress.
What was the first single you bought? This will show my age - Jona Lewie’s Stop the Cavalry and Neil Diamond’s Love on the Rocks.
How do you describe your job to your friends? I (with my team) look after the Tesco relationship for Addo Food Group. The team and I look after the commercial side of the relationship, insight and new product development.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? That has to be the people that I work with, both here at Addo and at Tesco. Also, it’s always inspiring to see the insight and strategy that I’ve worked on help to deliver a fantastic product or proposition.
What is the least rewarding part? There’s not much choice for a veggie.
If you were allowed one dream perk, what would it be? I’d love Addo Food Group to sponsor Manchester United. I’m a huge fan and would love some free match tickets.
Do you have any phobias? Snakes and edges with drops. The edges can be any height, but I can’t go near them without a lot of fear.
If you could change one thing in grocery what would it be? Similar to a pizza counter, I’d love to see the introduction of a ‘build your own pie’ counter - the customer could choose everything from the size and type of pastry to the filling.
What luxury would you have on a desert island? Cheese, bread and red wine.
What’s your favourite film and why? Dirty Dancing… I know all the words as I’ve seen it that many times. And it’s got Patrick Swayze in it!
What has been your most embarrassing moment? There are so many! How can I pick just one? The one that still makes me cringe a little is when I worked at the Fire Service. I spent the best part of the day with my skirt tucked into my knickers; needless to say the lovely firemen didn’t say a word.