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Best bit of my job? The location, I love working on Bournemouth Pier, surrounded by the sea

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: June 17, 2021 | Updated: 18th June 2021

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 childhood hero was She-Ra: Princess of Power; she chooses a homemade shepherd’s pie topped with cheesy mash as her favourite food; gets angry at rude and ignorant people and would like to be remembered for being kind and compassionate and someone who likes to help others.

Sarah Hunter, Group Marketing Manager, Openwide International, operators of Bournemouth Pier, takes the 20 Questions’ hot seat.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: I don’t really watch much TV but I’m quite into the new ‘SAS Who Dares Wins’ series at the moment. I’m very much an action girl and often think “I could do that”, easy to say when you’re behind a TV though!

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

A: Lewis Hamilton, just to experience racing around a track.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: It has to be the location, I love working on Bournemouth Pier and being surrounded by the sea. I even find it therapeutic in the winter when you can hear the waves crashing underneath you.

Q: And the worst…?

A: Being so busy that I never have the time to plan as far ahead as I would like.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: She-Ra: Princess of Power.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: I love the smell of freshly baked bread. I often try and bake a loaf at weekends and it smells so good.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: The beach, I love being able to walk or run along the sand for miles.

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

A: Work hard and make sure you enjoy what you do. Always try and learn from those around you.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: I’m really struggling to remember my first record, although I used to collect the early ‘Now That’s What I Call Music!’ compilations.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Ignorant and rude people.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: My taste in music is extremely varied so this is a tough one as I have lots of favourites. I guess my wedding song would have to be one: Lovin’ You by Minnie Riperton.

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

A: Someone who is enthusiastic, positive and has a willingness to learn and work hard, whilst still having fun. It’s easy to teach skills but personality can’t be taught so a great attitude is key.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Now this is a tough one as I love my food but I really love a homemade shepherd’s pie topped with cheesy mash. Delicious.

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

A: My head says melon but my heart definitely wins with steamed sponge pudding, especially if it’s chocolate sponge drizzled with chocolate sauce. Mmm, that’s making me hungry!

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

A: I love the variety Dorset has to offer. Within minutes I have lovely river walks, quiet beaches and the New Forest. We also have a great variety of shops and nightlife so I feel really lucky to live here.

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

A: Umm, this is a really tough one. I would look at boosting healthcare spending and reforming the NHS.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: Seeing all the rubbish people leave on our lovely beaches. If you bring it with you, I can’t understand you can’t take it back with you or put it in a bin.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: That’s a tough one. I have two; I love the sunshine and had an amazing trip to Thailand. The people there are so laid back and even though they don’t have much in the way of possessions, they are so happy. I think we could learn a lot from them.  But I also love the snow and come back so refreshed after a couple of weeks in the mountains. Canada is my favourite snow holiday.

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

A: I haven’t really given this much thought before but hopefully I’ll still have my health, friends and family and be happy.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Being kind and compassionate and someone who likes to help others. It’s such a great feeling if you can make a difference to someone else’s life for the better.

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