20 Questions: just who is this manager?

Bee Crisp

Name: Bee Crisp

Job title and brief description of role:

Operations Manager with overall responsibility for all aspects of nine homes. I oversee the Home Managers in their day-to-day running of the homes, ensuring good care and business practice.

Career history:

I’ve had a number of roles in the care sector. I was a paramedic in the ambulance service, a care home manager and a director of community relations for an older people’s accommodation provider. I’ve also had marketing and business development roles in the IT field. My employers included an aviation software company and a systems supplier to the financial sector.

Interests:

Travel, Music, and quality fun family time.

Q: Who were your first childhood heroes?

A: My Dutch grandparents who came to England during the war years and went through so much to build a new life for the family.  They were always smiling and positive in the face of a great deal of adversity.

Q: What would be your ideal holiday?

A: Houseboat on the Murray River in Australia. Hot sun, cold drinks, good company and the mobiles don’t work.  So peaceful

Bee Crisp

Bee Crisp

Q: What are you superstitious about?

A: I am not superstitious but I do believe in karma and that we should treat everyone respectfully.  Unkind actions have a habit of going full circle.

Q: Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?

A: Thomas Gibson (Hotch, Criminal Minds) or as I am slightly claustrophobic perhaps a lift engineer.

Q: Who do you most admire?

A: All the various uniformed services who spend their working lives keeping us safe as we go about our lives.

Q: What car do you drive?

A: VW Passat

Q: What makes you angry?

A: Injustice and cruelty to animals who are intelligent and caring and many people treat them so badly.  Also people who hunt and shoot animals in the name of ‘sport’. I find that so hard to understand.

Q: What is your favourite smell?

A: Fresh ground coffee brewing first thing in the morning as this means it’s the weekend

Q: Cats or dogs?

A: Cats.  I am the mad cat woman of our family

Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

A: Make a fresh pot of Earl Grey tea and ease myself into the day.  I’m not a morning person.

Q: What is your earliest memory?

A: Sitting on a tractor on a farm in South Wales. My father came from Wales and we used to have pilgrimage back every year and I loved it.  This memory was made when I was approx. 3yrs old.

Q: Which TV/radio programme do you try never to miss?

A: Criminal Minds.  I am fascinated by people and what makes us all behave the way we do.

Q: What is the best thing about your role?

A: Having the opportunity to support people to move forward and to be successful. Everyone is master of their own destiny

Q: …And what is the worst?

A: Seeing ability being wasted when people struggle to believe in themselves.

Q: What would be your desert island luxury?

A: Comfortable bed, music of my choice.

Q: What do you wish you were good at?

A: This is a strange one as when I sing in the car on my own, I can hear me and I sound like Adele. Yet if I have passengers they beg me to be quiet saying I sound like a strangled cat.  This is a total mystery to me. Must be their hearing!!

Q: What has been the crowning moment in your life to date?

A: Having two lovely kids with my soul mate and watching them grow into two most beautiful caring adults

Q: What is your favourite meal?

A: Steak, chips, mushrooms and mushy peas and a glass of wine because then I know it’s time to relax

Q: What would be your dream job?

A: A & E Consultant

Q: If you could bring something extinct back to life what would it be?

A: A giant Galápagos tortoise. A beautiful gentle animal that is all but extinct. There are only a few of these now on two very remote archipelagos in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

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