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Friday Feature: Mrs L Strachan

12th January 2024

What is your current position at King Edward's Witley and how long have you worked here?

I am the Academic Administrator, supporting Mr Davies, Deputy Head Academic. I have been here for nearly three years.

What is your background, and where do you live now?

I went to the University of Sussex and then went to live in London in the hope of going to work in TV and film. I did, but not on the production side, but in Global HR. I was very lucky to have worked for some amazing companies over my career in HR, from big TV companies to my last job in London at Christie’s where I managed the HR Operations team. Walking to your office each day past incredible art pieces was amazing!

In 2019, we made the decision to move out of London to have more space, and we now live in Witley. After all the chaos of Covid I decided that HR was no longer for me and I wanted to do something I enjoyed, but that enabled me to have more time with my family, so I started looking at school roles. This one came up and it is a role I really enjoy.

What is your favourite thing about working at King Edward's Witley?

The people. There is a great sense of community here. Whether you want help, a laugh or advice there is always someone you can speak to.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was younger, I was obsessed with Time Team and wanted to be an Archaeologist, thinking I would travel the world on digs! However, as I got to 6th Form it was about wanting to work in TV and film, which, to an extent I achieved which was great fun.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

No-one is good at everything, but it is always worth trying, and you never know what you find out about yourself.

Who is someone you have always admired and why?

It sounds cheesy, but I would go for my Mum. Being a mum now myself, looking back on when I was a child and how she managed to do it all as a single mum is amazing.

I also have huge admiration for those people that achieve huge feats such as climbing Everest, in particular the Nepalese Sherpas, having seen the remarkable things they do when I have trekked the Himalayas.

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