Published: November 7, 2019 | Updated: November 8, 2019
’20 Questions’ with Liz Willingham, President, Dorset Chamber, and MD of Liz Lean PR
Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…
Her favourite smell is National Trust old houses (!), she likes nothing better than a cheese souffle followed by a hot chilli con carne and gets angry when people are rude.
Liz Willingham, President of Dorset Chamber and Managing Director of Liz Lean PR, takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat.
Question: What’s your favourite TV show?
Answer: Stranger Things.
Q: Who would you like to share a lift with?
A: Vivienne Westwood or Bill Gates.
Q: The best bit of my job is…?
A: The variety of amazing people and businesses we meet.
Q: And the worst…?
A: I like words not numbers so finance is not my fave activity.
Q: Who was your childhood hero?
A: Marilyn Monroe.
Q: What’s your favourite smell?
A: Bizarrely, National Trust old houses! Lavender is pretty nice too.
Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?
A: Winspit in the Purbecks, with a pint of cider in the Square & Compass afterwards.
Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?
A: Be patient yet agile, build strong relationships, be prepared to learn constantly.
Q: What was your first record/CD?
A: Fantastic by Wham!
Q: What gets you angry?
Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?
A: Too many to mention. I love music and have an eclectic taste. For fun times it has to be September by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?
A: Attitude and aptitude. Caring by nature yet driven.
Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?
A: Cheese souffle. And a hot chilli con carne.
Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?
A: Primary school put me off sponge puddings so the melon for me.
Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?
A: The team spirit of our wonderful business community.
Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?
A: Stick to what I know – try to address our country’s current reputation!
Q: What’s your biggest frustration?
A: The rail and road infrastructure issues we suffer in Dorset.
Q: Where’s your favourite holiday location?
A: So many – Cornwall/New York City/Maldives.
Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
A: At the dynamic core of the future of work…
Q: What would you like to be remembered for?
A: Kindness and integrity, creativity and achievement.