Known as a second mum to many of the team, our administrator, Cheryl Richmond, has another side to her that embraces danger and being pushed to the limit.
Cheryl has undertaken many adventures and challenges, including sky-diving as part of a team building course arranged by the Territorial Army. Such is her dare devil approach, she has raised vast sums for charities, MIND and Mencap by her parachuting heroics.
When she is not ‘up a height’ Cheryl would, given the chance, live life out of a suitcase. With a passion for travelling, New York is her favourite city and she regularly travels to South Africa to visit family. According to Cheryl, a South African safari is one of the most exhilarating things you can do.
When I left school, I went to work in The Newcastle Building Society and remained there for nine years as a mortgage advisor.
We took part in some fantastic team building challenges and assault courses in conjunction with the Territorial Army. One event took us to Seahouses, Northumberland, where we raised £3,500 by sky diving. I was only 19 at the time and this was a lot of money.
It was amazing! To this day I can remember the engine stopping as I prepared to jump. My mum, Dad and grandma said they could hear me screaming as I leapt out of the plane.
I then took up a sales role at British Airways as part of its travel club. I was in charge of handling VIP packages, hotel and car hire and flights for customers. My claim to fame is that I even spoke on the phone to Hollywood star, Richard Gere, who was lost at Heathrow airport!
After I had three children I reduced my hours and enjoyed running my own playgroup one day a week and I also undertook an NCFE certificate in childcare.
I then saw a position at Hodgson Sayers as an administrator which really appealed to me and I have been at the company for nine years. I enjoy all aspects of the role from greeting visitors, clients and interacting with other members of staff.
I have watched the business grow dramatically over the last seven years to the point we now have three offices, one of which is in the Midlands.
I also really enjoy watching the younger apprentices develop and mature. From entering the office aged 17 to becoming site managers, the transformation is wonderful to see.
Mentoring is something I find truly fulfilling and I am fortunate to be in a position to help develop the skills of our admin apprentice, Jessica Heron, who I have taken under my wing.
Jessica has developed her confidence considerably and assists with tenders, estimates and quotations.
I am now looking forward to working alongside our office manager, Marie Errington and I will be undertaking internal auditing training.
I also play an active role within our Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) committee alongside James Rolt and regulatory affairs manager, Glyn Neasham. It is great to get an insight into what is happening out on site.
At Hodgson Sayers there is always an opportunity for personal development which is why the company has employees who have progressed their careers from apprentices up to contract managers. It is a very friendly working environment.