Published: January 20, 2022 | Updated: January 21, 2022
Best thing about living/working in Dorset? The coastline. Not sure I could ever live far from it.
Each week we shine the spotlight on a prominent person in Dorset and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…
She gets angry at being placed on hold during a phone call, chooses her Mum as her childhood hero (and wishes she had her cooking skills) and would like to share a car with Bradley Walsh.
Elaine Wilkins, Business Development Manager, Antony Batty’s Bournemouth office, takes the 20 Questions’ hot seat.
Question: What is your favourite TV show?
Answer: Any detective series.
Q: Who would you like to share a car with?
A: Bradley Walsh.
Q: The best bit of my job is…?
A: Helping people to sleep at night by finding a solution to their financial situation.
Q: And the worst?
A: Probably any paperwork that needs filling in!
Q: Who was your childhood hero?
A: My Mum. I wish my cooking skills were up to her standards.
Q: What’s your favourite smell?
A: Weirdly, petrol when filling up on the forecourt.
Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?
A: It has to be at my beach hut in Friars Cliff, near Highcliffe, with a view of the Needles.
Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?
A: Build a network of contacts (your own ‘mafia’) that you can depend on and who will grow with you as your career develops.
Q: What was your first record/CD?
A: George Benson – ‘In Your Eyes’. I’m a true soul girl!
Q: What gets you angry?
A: Being placed on hold…
Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?
A: Anything disco from the 1970s.
Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?
A: Knowing the importance of great customer service.
Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?
A: Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?
A: 100 per cent sponge pudding!
Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?
A: The coastline. Not sure I could ever live far from it.
Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?
A: Reduce the retirement age to 60 for everyone.
Q: What’s your biggest frustration?
A: Not being able to solve every problem.
Q: Where’s your favourite holiday location?
A: Maybe I haven’t been there yet? I love too many destinations to have a favourite.
Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
A: Hopefully still travelling and seeing more of this big wide world.
Q: What would you like to be remembered for?
A: Always doing my best, making the most of every minute of our time on this planet and probably for trying too hard!