As Fran explains…
My career even included launching and publishing a local magazine that grew from a hobby to 64 pages delivered to over 10,000 homes. However, living in a quiet Breckland village, I’ve always loved working in Norwich.
I like to be busy, and whilst four children aged 14-21, a long-suffering husband of 25 years and an ageing Labrador keep me on my toes, I do love a challenge. This year I will run my third marathon, plus do the Three Peaks Challenge as a fundraiser for the Community Sports Foundation. It’s an organisation that does brilliant work, and I’m delighted that Credo’s Canaryball Rally 2 generated over £60,000 for it in April. Earlier this year, I was invited to join the fundraising board at CSF, something that I am very proud of.
Describe yourself in three words? Positive, resourceful, adventurous.
What was your first job? I had various jobs as a kid, but my first main job was as a travel agent. People trusted you to deliver them a fantastic holiday, and it taught me the importance of understanding your customer and excellent customer service.
What frustrates you? Laziness and when people don’t do what they say they will do.
How do you spend your leisure time? I’m a keen runner, play badminton and love walking my dog, but I also love a cosy night in with the family eating rubbish and watching films.
What’s your favourite television programme? I love a good series. I’m watching Anatomy of a Scandal at the moment.
What’s your favourite food? Anything I don’t have to cook for myself.
What food do you hate? I can’t think of anything; I’m such a hog.
What is your biggest weakness? My husband says I don’t take criticism well, but I take issue with that.
Where are you happiest? At home, with my family being silly.
What was the first record you bought? Manic Monday by The Bangles – it is definitely a mantra that I hold well.
At school, what were you good at? Not surprisingly, PE! I loved all the sports and played in all the clubs. English and art were close seconds.
What one material thing could you not do without? My phone, I’m always on it.
You’d go to a fancy-dress party as? Wonder Woman, I loved to watch it on TV as a kid; she was my inspiration!
What poster did you have on your bedroom wall as a child? The classic 80s Athena poster ‘L’Enfant’, where the yummy shirtless, jeans-wearing man holds a newborn in his arms.
How many attempts before you passed your driving test? I’m always in a rush and passed the first time within six weeks of my 17th birthday. That’s when life really got interesting!