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Who are you?  My name is Nicola Wilkins and my official title is ‘Support Team Co-Ordinator’ however, I have a variety of roles which keeps my work varied and challenging.

 

What do you do?  As well as leading the company Support Team across both offices, I am Personal Assistant to Managing Director Justin Mumford and assist the Forestry practitioners with their client work.  I am member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team, working closely with the Board to help put strategic decisions into action, and I am also a member of the company’s Systems and Health & Safety project teams.

 

What projects are you interested to be involved with?  I’m very proud to be part of the team that introduced, and now monitors, a quality management system that complies with the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard.  Quality underpins our company business plan and the processes that support it are key to ensuring we all work effectively and efficiently.  I am also very proud to head up the Support Team, our role has progressed since I first joined in 2007 from traditional secretaries to the dynamic, pro-active team we are today, playing an integral part within our respective Business Units.

 

Nicola with Daughter Jen and Son Alex in the Peak District, 2009

Favourite LG moment to date?  Caving in the Peak District!  As part of a company weekend away, I found myself abseiling into the local underground cave network alongside a group of intrepid LG explorers.  Together we crawled and wriggled through spaces no wider than our hips or shoulders, our way lit only by head torches.  At one point we traversed along a dry underground river bed, glad that no rain was forecast and personally happy that I’m of average height, unlike some of my colleagues!  I was certainly pushed out of my comfort zone and I finished the experience elated but pleased that caving wasn’t a regular requirement of working at LG.

 

Horseheath 2018

What are your interests and hobbies?  I spend many weekends during the summer volunteering as a cross-country fence judge at British Eventing and International horse trials.  My favourite venue is Horseheath, near Cambridge, where Lockhart Garratt also sponsors a cross-country fence.  I’ve made some great friends and have a fence-side seat to meet and watch some of the world’s top-class riders, as well as having the pleasure of seeing the UK Olympians of the future rise through the ranks.  I’m currently waiting to hear If I’ve been lucky enough to be selected as a volunteer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.  I’ve had my interview (the joys of modern video meeting technology) and am keeping my fingers firmly crossed.

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