Sonia Lambe, our new HR Administrator, spent 12 years in the motor industry becoming a ‘handover specialist’ – literally handing over new BMWs and Audis to customers. “It was a rewarding, people-oriented role with the chance to drive some very nice cars,” she recalled.
Eventually opting for a change of direction, Sonia went into the recruitment field initially for a High Street agency in Bournemouth and later for the multi-national banking and financial services company JP Morgan.
Coming straight from a big global organisation, her first impressions of Colten Care are very positive. “It’s still got that family feel and I really like the Colten Care values. Everyone is very proud of what they do and devoted to who they are helping.”
Based in Ringwood and reporting to Caragh Macdonald, Senior HR Business Partner, Sonia supports the whole HR team through a wide range of duties including the management and audit of staff files and obtaining and checking references for new recruits.
Asked about her goals in the job, Sonia said: “In the early days, I’m just trying to remember people’s names. Longer term, I want to help update some processes and make the role my own. I’m very much looking forward to having a long and successful career here. I’ve already met some fabulous people.”
Surrey-born Sonia moved out of London for a change of life around ten years ago. She says she was quickly followed by her younger brother and now her parents are planning to relocate in our area too.
Living in Ringwood with husband Jay, Sonia has just acquired an allotment so, away from her desk, she can spend lots of time outdoors.