Marie – Principal Accountant
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I began my working life in accountancy practice but found it a bit “after the event” and not able to make a real difference so and moved onto a newspaper publisher which I loved and where I started studying for CIMA. I qualified as a chartered accountant and have been working for the Council providing financial guidance and support to various services for 20 years this year which is unbelievable.
At home I am a Mummy to a busy 10 year old boy and feel like a full time taxi driver and or bank depending on which day of the week it is! I am also Granny to three lovely boys, thanks to my step children – we have lots of fun although Christmas is a very expensive time of year!
I go to a weekly Zumba class (well sometimes I do!) and enjoy bike rides and walking around the Somerset countryside where I live. My husband is a gardener which means I do all the gardening on our house. We’ve always got a project on the go and this year clad a 15m wall with pallet wood which I’ve now covered in bike wheels, watering cans and other odd bits. It looks fab.
We are intrepid campers and our poor tent has withstood 44 mph gusts of winds (terrifying) but I am looking forward to travelling around California which is our next family adventure with far less washing up!
What's the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council, and your job specifically?
Change? Nothing ever stays the same for long in the Council, whether it’s legislative change from the DfE or implementing internal improvements. The pressure on local authorities to reduce spend means we need to be really creative in finance to reduce costs, increase income and prioritise services with the limited resources we have access to.
I am currently supporting children’s services, in this ever changing world which keeps me busy with the projects which range from a capital project to replace the various databases with a single entry point system to a project to working alongside six local authorities to merge their adoption teams into a single regional adoption agency.
What makes you have a good day at work?
To feel you’ve made a difference? It sounds cheesy but if I was interested in market share or profitability – I’d go and work for Tesco
Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?
Nothing I’d get away with wearing now – that’s for sure – cringing at the thought of that miniskirt, stripy tights and Dr Martin boots!
What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?
Terry’s chocolate orange – by mistake – urgh – I mean it’s just not natural is it?
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
My husband, son (not sure they’d want to be called items) and mowams.
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
White water rafting in Colorado – the only person in our group who’d done it previously (and was showing off) fell out which was very funny. I spent the whole time hoping I wouldn’t lose a contact lens – or my head….
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and what would you eat?
Elvis – peanut butter & jam – what else?
What is your favourite book or film, and why?
To Kill a Mockingbird – restores my faith in human nature EVERY time.
What is your ideal holiday destination?
Haven’t found it yet but it’s lots of fun investigating! Next year we’re going to Ibiza so I’ll let you know
What is the first thing you bought with your own money?
Not sure if it was earned money but I was in Bath shopping with my friends - Toyah Wilcox – I wanna be Free (99p)