Events and Sales Man­ager The Ick­worth Ho­tel

Viv Thomas

EADT Suffolk - - Women In Business -

How did you choose your cur­rent ca­reer? When I left univer­sity I man­aged a leisure cen­tre and while there I or­gan­ised an event, I was then hooked! In my event or­gan­is­ing ca­reer I’ve worked with some fan­tas­tic clients in­clud­ing Jaguar Cars, I got to drive some fab­u­lous ve­hi­cles and in lo­ca­tions such as Saint-Tropez! Then work­ing for the Na­tional Trust to sup­port prop­er­ties to de­velop their cor­po­rate and wed­dings busi­ness sparked off an in­ter­est in his­toric places. My cur­rent role at The Ick­worth Ho­tel is the per­fect com­bi­na­tion; or­gan­is­ing events in such a spe­cial and his­toric building and work­ing with in­spir­ing and skilled peo­ple.

In your work­ing life­time, how do you per­ceive things have changed for women?

I’ve had past ex­pe­ri­ences where I haven’t felt I’ve been re­spected due to my gen­der but now I’m doubt­ful that I would ex­pe­ri­ence that again and if I did I would feel em­pow­ered to stand up for my my­self. I truly be­lieve that it’s ex­cit­ing times for women.

Who in­spires you most, per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally?

Ch­eryl Strayed (she un­der­took a 1,100-mile hike on the Pa­cific Crest Trail in Amer­ica in 1995 on her own). She went on a jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery and de­vel­op­ment. When I fin­ished the book I felt I could con­quer any­thing. Ick­worth ho­tel, Hor­ringer, Bury Saint Ed­munds IP29 5QE 01284 735350

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