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Name: Lucy De­laney

Age: 40! I had a mini melt­down. Then I got a grip of my­self, cel­e­brated, and life car­ried on as usual.

Lives: Al­ton, Stafford­shire

Mar­ried? To Ben. He has a bril­liant knack of putting things into per­spec­tive.

Kids? Two girls, Isla, six, and Alice, three. They are funny, smart, cheeky, life-chang­ing and chal­leng­ing.

About you: Hon­est. My friends say I should write a book about be­ing a par­ent – I tell it how it is. I can’t help but get my hands dirty with DIY projects.

Three things you like: In­de­pen­dent shops in and around Ash­bourne

– we have tried to use lo­cally­based busi­nesses and crafts­men and women as much as pos­si­ble at Ed­nas­ton Park. Good food and wine – with an am­bi­tion to test as many lo­cal pubs and restau­rants as pos­si­ble. Walk­ing – mak­ing the most of the stun­ning coun­try­side.

Three things you dislike: Rude peo­ple, aubergine and whiskey.

Are you an Up’ard or a Down’ard? Down’ard all the way

Born and bred: In Al­ton, so I’ve not moved very far. I went to uni­ver­sity, trav­elled, then lived in Cardiff for a while, then moved back to Derby for a year, across to New­cas­tle un­der Lyme and fi­nally back to Al­ton – it’s like a mag­net.

Fam­ily mat­ters: They are all bonkers. My mum and dad still are suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs. They had their own busi­nesses and taught me to work hard. I get my ob­ses­sion with prop­erty from them and have lived in seven houses in Al­ton alone, all of which we have done up. My fam­ily live lo­cally, in­clud­ing my 92 year old Nana, and I feel lucky to have roots here.

Work-wise: I’m the new busi­ness cen­tre man­ager at Ed­nas­ton Park. I started in Septem­ber and it’s been fan­tas­tic to see the build­ing re­ally com­ing to­gether. Our first busi­nesses have now moved in and it’s great to see it com­ing to life. It was the for­mer St Mary’s Nurs­ing Home, so it has a lot of his­tory and many lo­cal peo­ple have con­nec­tions to it, so we’re host­ing Open Days on 4th and 5th De­cem­ber so that any­one who is in­ter­ested in the build­ing can come and have a look at the trans­for­ma­tion.

My role is to man­age the busi­ness cen­tre and bring new busi­nesses into it. My background is in busi­ness sup­port and ser­viced of­fices and I’d like to pull that ex­pe­ri­ence to­gether to cre­ate a sup­port­ive busi­ness hub, that helps the busi­nesses based here to thrive.

What are you best at? Tak­ing a pro­ject or idea and bring­ing it to life. I’m quite prac­ti­cal so al­ways think about the de­tail.

Your ideal hol­i­day: Where the sun is shin­ing, there’s space for our girls to run free and ex­plore, and there’s a beau­ti­ful view.

Your favourite food: Mex­i­can. Fa­ji­tas, bur­ri­tos and mo­ji­tos!

Who in­spires you? Peo­ple who work hard and play hard.

What would it say on your epi­taph? Dance and be merry!

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