Linda fulfils the accounts function at WeddingDates and runs a very tight ship! She is a key member of the team who keeps our accounts just ticking along like a well-oiled machine.
WHAT IS YOUR TITLE/POSITION?
My position is Accounts Administrator, and I have eyes on all the financial elements of the business, from billing to payroll, budgeting and more.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH WEDDINGDATES?
I started my role almost 2 years ago in February 2021.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE CARRIED OVER TO YOUR CURRENT ROLE FROM YOUR PREVIOUS JOBS?
Having worked in finance for more than 20 years the biggest lesson I have carried with me is to have patience and never stop adapting and growing. Finance roles are always based on deadlines and patience and persistence are key. Everything always “gets done” eventually. A person’s ability and openness to adapt and grow must never stop. It is good for us all to regularly face new challenges and to learn and experience new things.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT WITHIN THIS ROLE TO DATE? (WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?)
My biggest achievement within the role to date has been putting in place structures and processes that allow me to report in a timely and efficient manner whilst achieving great results in the process.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR JOB AND WHY?
My favourite part of the job is working daily on the varied financial tasks from importing and checking customer invoices to completing the monthly payroll. I also enjoy regular liaising with my colleagues and hearing more about the wedding industry and seeing some of the fantastic venues that the Sales Team works with.
WHAT IS THE MOST FRUSTRATING PART OF YOUR JOB AND WHY?
I wouldn’t say it’s frustrating but sometimes, when I’m faced with a new challenge or obstacle, I need to take the time to work through it and “think” about the best course of action to take before I commit to it. This is where I’ve learned the lesson of patience and persistence that it’s ok to slow down and that it’s ok to take the time to think and problem solve.
WHEN YOU WERE A KID, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
When I was a child I always wanted to be a primary school teacher. I had loads of babysitting jobs when I was younger and loved spending time with children. Also with a 11 year gap between myself and my brother I always enjoyed teaching him new things and watching him grow.
IF YOU COULD WAVE A MAGIC WAND, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM FOR THIS JOB?
My dream for this job would be to see the Accounts Team grow as the company grows.
WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST/WORST THING YOU’VE SEEN OR HEARD OF AT A WEDDING?
The worst thing I’ve seen at a wedding is when my best friend got married many years ago. She had the most amazing white dress and whilst someone was chatting to her at the table one of her nephews accidentally split a glass of red wine all over her beautiful dress. A group of us spent ages in the Ladies Room trying to clean it. The venue team were amazing. They provided salt and white wine and several other things we asked for to try get the stain out. Whilst deep down she was devastated she didn’t let it phase her and had a great evening anyway.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE WAYS TO SPEND A WEEKEND?
On the weekends I love to spend time with friends and family, I have two daughters and we love to go for long walks and grab a hot chocolate along the way. I take my youngest daughter to swimming lessons on a Saturday which gives me some swimming time with my older daughter. My husband and I love to go for a nice evening meal and a movie when we get the opportunity.
HAVE YOU ANY PARTICULAR HOBBIES/INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Outside of work I love to get to the gym and keep fit. I love a spin and tone exercise class, there’s always a great atmosphere in the class and it’s a lovely chance to meet people. I also love to do some running both for my fitness and wellbeing – there’s nothing better than being out in the fresh air at peace with your own thoughts.
HAVE YOU ANY GUILTY PLEASURES?
I have to say my guilty pleasure would be heading off to the spa for a treatment or two with my mum for an afternoon.
IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD BUY?
If money was no object I would buy a property in Italy with a view to eventually living there.