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Published: June 30, 2022 | Updated: July 1, 2022

My advice to anyone starting out? Start at the bottom, work your way up, learn all you can…

By Andrew Diprose, editor

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…

The best bit of her job is watching trainees progress and achieve their goals, she’d like to share a car with the American aviation pioneer and writer Amelia Earhart, and her favourite place in Dorset is walking along the river at Stour Valley with her grandchildren.

Ursula Boardman, Head of Centre/Training and Development Manager, The CRUMBS Project, takes the ‘hot seat’ for our popular 20 Questions.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: Currently it’s Taskmaster! I laugh my socks off!

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: Amelia Earhart.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Watching our trainees progress and achieve their goals.

Q: And the worst?

A: I don’t have a worst……it can be challenging but I like that.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Amelia Earhart!

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Freshly baked bread and fruit cake. My office is just up the corridor from our training bakery; it’s a nightmare!

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: Dorset has so many wonderful places, but I enjoy walking along the river at Stour Valley with my grandchildren.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Start at the bottom, work your way up and learn everything you can. Get a mentor; they hold a wealth of experience.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Control and abuse of any human or animal, selfishness and greed.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: I love rock, metal, jazz and classical but it would have to be ‘The Flight of the Bumblebee’ by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: Friendly, approachable, a team player with the right skills. Also, someone with ideas who wants to progress.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Pasta! Anything with pasta.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Sponge pudding but with ice cream though.

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: Great people, the local events and so many places to visit.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: Fire the Cabinet and replace them with people who are living in the real world!

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Politics.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Crete, we go at least once a year. A beautiful island with wonderful people.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: Hopefully, happy and healthy.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: For being a good mum and grandmother and showing courage in the face of adversity!