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A word to the wise

Written by John Smith
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1st Mar 2012 - 00:00
Q: When you were at school what was your dream job? A: I thought about being a barrister, inspired perhaps by the theatrical side of it, but after a year of law at Durham University I realised it wasn’t for me and switched to English history and politics. Q: What did you end up doing?

Champion of local action

Written by John Smith
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1st Jan 2012 - 00:00
Q: When Jamie Oliver started his school meals campaign five years ago, what made you think ‘I have to do something’?

Meet the food doctor

Written by John Smith
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1st Dec 2011 - 00:00
Q. What sort of career did you want when you were at school? A. I was always fairly undecided – it was always going to be in healthcare but I looked into being a doctor, psychologist, neurologist and optometrist before deciding on being a dietitian. There were so many things I was interested in, but I love helping people and making a difference. Q. How did you get interested in dietetics?

Ultimate company man

Written by John Smith
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1st Nov 2011 - 00:00
Q: Does SSP retain a culture of career progression? A: It was lovely series of evolutionary steps, made very simple. I think one of the best things about this business is that our learning and development programme is as good as anyone’s out there. We have a lot of trainers and a very extensive portfolio of training courses. We have a programme of recruitment from within and every two weeks a vacancy lists goes out to every one of the 650 units in the UK. Q: Which achievement are you most proud of?

Service with a smile

Written by John Smith
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1st Oct 2011 - 00:00
Tim Hammond took over as chief executive of Elior UK in January, appointed to succeed Mike Audis. He joined from Barchester Healthcare, which taken together with his trusteeship of the charity Age UK gives him a real insider’s understanding of Elior’s care homes business. Q. What job did you want to do when you were still at school?

To the kitchen born

Written by John Smith
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1st Sep 2011 - 00:00
Q: What sort of job did you hope to do when you were at school? A: I always thought I’d go into catering.   My grandparents had been chefs, as were my parents. In fact, they ran a tea shop in the West Midlands when I was growing up. Q. So what did you do when you left? A: At 16, I went to Cassio College in Watford and did my City & Guilds 706, 707, 717 – the traditional, two-year, craft-based catering course. Q: What was your first job?

Why we need a long-term view

Written by John Smith
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1st Aug 2011 - 00:00
Q: What did you want to do when you left school? A: I have always been fascinated by wildlife and, growing up in a rural environment, I thought I would become a vet. Q: What, in fact, did you do?