Spotlight on Paula Partridge

Director, Anglia Indoor Karting

Anglia Indoor Karting is a 32 year old family business, providing karting experiences for all ages. The centre in Ipswich hosts two multi-level indoor racetracks and a laser maze.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine, Autumn|Winter 2022
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About Paula

Before becoming a director at Anglia Indoor Karting, I had a varied career, from working in retail to setting up and running a water sports business (I had to learn to windsurf so that I could teach others!). I also worked in a local college, heading up the department that provided vocational programmes for Schools and NEET adults. I am mum to two grown-up children, Jack, 25, and Cameron, 24. My partner Richie is profoundly deaf, and while he is amazing at lip reading, I am currently learning sign language, which is great fun.


Describe yourself in three words? Driven, conscientious and fun.

What was your first job? Washing up in the Essex Rose Tea House in Dedham.

What frustrates you? The increasing emphasis on qualifications. This devalues other qualities and life skills that are just as, if not more, valuable.

How do you spend your leisure time? I’ve been managing a house extension at home, which has been challenging. But away from that, I enjoy swimming, paddle boarding with friends and family, and reading.

What’s your favourite television programme? I’m currently hooked on Capture, but I’m also a real people watcher, so I’m fascinated by some reality TV.

What’s your favourite food? Oh, unfortunately, I love most food. But I guess a homemade lamb roast.

What food do you hate? Semolina – ugh.

What is your biggest weakness? Saying yes too much.

Where are you happiest? With family and friends on the water or in the mountains.

What was the first record you bought? Oh no! I think it was the Frog song by Paul McCartney from Woolworths. That’s embarrassing! Although I can’t say my musical taste ever improved.

At school, what were you good at? I loved geography as I had a fantastic teacher for that.

What one material thing could you not do without? Probably my home as I’ve spent so much time renovating it, and I love spending time there with family and friends.

You’d go to a fancy-dress party as? That depends on the theme. I’ve previously been as Princess Leia and the girl from ABBA.

What poster did you have on your bedroom wall as a child? I had the classic Athena whale poster.

How many attempts before you passed your driving test? I passed the first time after 13 lessons. I remember because a friend and I were competing to pass with the least number of lessons!

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