by Fiona Forbes Hunter – Jun 17, 2021
Where has your career taken you so far?
An interest in theatrical make-up led me to the London College of Fashion but after several diversions, I ended up working at a succession of design agencies and ultimately Wardour.
What does your role at Wardour involve?
As Agency Manager no two days are the same. The ideal day would be making sure that everything works as expected and that everyone is supported with whatever they need to perform their jobs. My other role is in the Accounts Department supporting our Head of Finance.
What do you like most about working for Wardour?
It’s been said many times, so it must be true, the people. Wardour is one of the few places I have worked where people make genuine friendships that last long after they have left.
Who would you invite to your post-lockdown dinner party and why?
Friends and family naturally but if I could also have Peter Cook for his wit back for the evening that would be good, Nigel Slater to provide the food and a tale or two, and David Hockney to create a few nicely observed sketches.
When you’re not managing the agency what do you like doing?
When I’m not working, I like reading, painting and drawing. A lifelong interest in art history led to a degree and I will visit art galleries and museums as often as I can. Where we are situated is ideal for a lunchtime visit to the National Portrait Gallery when it is open, the British Museum or National Gallery where I gravitate towards the Sainsbury Wing. Lockdown also inspired me to become creative again. I revived my crochet skills and completed two cat sofas despite having only one cat.
What’s the best and worst thing about office life?
The best thing about office life is the satisfaction in solving or averting potential problems. If you have a screwdriver, a box of tissues and a packet of biscuits to hand you can solve a lot of issues, not forgetting the emergency bottle of Champagne. The worst thing is that you can almost guarantee that there will be an unexpected landlord emergency service involving very noisy equipment that will coincide with a very important client meeting.
If a movie were made about you, who would you like to play you, and why?
If Angelina Jolie was unavailable (mainly for her Tomb Raider skills) then it would have to be Julie Walters. A sense of humour is a must with perhaps just a little touch of ‘Mrs Overall’.
What’s your first memory of working at Wardour, or highlight of your time here so far?
My first memory of working at Wardour was my interview. I peered around the door and was noticed by one of the design team who immediately made me feel welcome and at ease. I was also offered the job that day, so I received a very strong positive first impression.
Surprise us! Tell us something we might be surprised to know about you.
Many years ago, some friends and I owned a vineyard in a village just outside Ely in Cambridgeshire. Working only at the weekends we produced hundreds of bottles of wine each year. Having had to prune over 4,000 vines several times each year I am an expert and hardened to harvesting both in a heatwave and with snow on the ground. Unfortunately, very few of the bottles still survive as we had to try many of the bottles ourselves, for quality control purposes only you understand.
Published Jun 17, 2021