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Alyson Freeman Sales Administration

Alyson Donnovan Admin Assistant Photo Alyson joined Southdowns at the end of January 2006 as an administrative assistant. A keen caravanner for many years, the idea of working for a company that imports and sells motorhomes held a strong appeal for her. At the end of her first six weeks with the company, we asked Alyson how she is settling in to her new role.

Q What are your key responsibilities?
A As admin assistant within a small team, my key role is to provide support to our office administrator Julie Topley and to Mary Stock, our financial controller. I am the first port of call for our customers as I act as receptionist, fielding calls and meeting and greeting people as they come into the building. I am also the chief coffee maker!

Q Briefly describe your average working day
A Hectic!

Q What attracted you to work for Southdowns?
A My husband and I have owned a caravan for more than 10 years and in the future we would like to trade it in for a motorhome. So when I saw an advertisement in the local paper, the idea of working for a company that sold motorhomes was very appealing. I am interested in the product, which makes my job much more interesting.

Q What is the best thing about working for the company
A The work is very varied. I work with a good team of people, never have a chance to feel bored and I meet different people every day. I also really like the fact that Southdowns is a family business. My first job, which I loved, was with a family firm. I hoped Southdowns would be similar - it is and I feel very much at home already.

Q What is the appeal of motorhomes for you?
A The freedom of touring in a motorhome appeals to me – you can go where you like, stop when you’re tired and you’ve got everything you need with you. It is a relatively inexpensive way to travel and you see far more than you would if you stayed in one place. Also, these days motorhomes can be very luxurious – you don’t need to leave your home comforts behind when you go away.

Q Do you own a motorhome
A No. At the moment we own a caravan but my husband and I are planning to buy a motorhome when we retire and escape to the sun when it’s cold in England.

Q If you could take a motorhome anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A The South of France

Q Finally, if you could fulfil one ambition, what would it be?
A I am totally fascinated by forensic work, so I would love to visit a forensic lab and find out more about it.

Alyson was interviewed in March 2006.

Alyson Donnovan Business Card