International Women's Day 2019 – Anna

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It’s International Women’s Day and we thought we would celebrate this by celebrating some of the amazing women who work for the Cooking Company. This is Anna. Anna manages our new cafe, Bowl of Plenty at Colston Hall. She also manages all our catering enquiries, and organises events while building up a very new, budding business so is a very busy woman.  Anna hails recently from London and brings great experience, warmth and an analytical mind; she is also a dab hand at decorating bowls, one of the activities on offer at the café.

Role with the Cooking Company: 
General Manager of the newly opened Bowl of Plenty at Colston Hall & Events Manager for external catering events for The Cooking Company.

How many people are managed by you? 
6

What does an average day at work look like? 
Set the cafe up to look its best, serving customers throughout the day, managing the social media accounts, planning business development opportunities (like the hugely successful ‘decorate your own bowl’ half term event!), organising in-house events and responding to catering enquiries.

What would you like to see happen in the world in the next year? 
I would like the big corporations to start taking responsibility for their impact on the planet, firstly by paying their fair share of taxes and secondly to lead from the front with innovative eco-ideas, with a huge focus on getting rid of single use plastics altogether.

Who are you in another life (fiction or non-fiction)? 
No idea. I sometimes joke that I was a Viking Warrior and I can't think of anything else so lets just go with that.

Who is your heroine?  
I have so many inspiring female friends - that I would call my heroines but as for someone in the pubic eye, I applaud any woman who does what they've been told can't be done or who stand up for what they believe. I’m in awe of female explorers and love the recent story of 16-year-old Jade Hameister, the youngest person to ever pull off the 'Polar Hat Trick' visiting the North and South Pole on skis. After skiing to the South Pole, the Australian teen had a message for trolls who told her to 'make me a sandwich' she posted a pic with a sandwich saying, 'I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese), now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it'.  Go Girl!

What book are you currently reading? 
Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Weiss - a true account of a psychiatrist's experience with a young woman facing many difficulties in her life. He 'accidentally' regresses her into past lives (although he does not believe in past lives at the time) and together they discover many important messages and lessons on an unexpected, intense and beautiful journey. 

How does it feel to be a strong woman in the workplace, and particularly in this role?  
In this current role, I am surrounded by strong, fascinating women (as well as some great men) so it feels great to be part of such an interesting and inspiring team of people. I have a lot of respect for Liz, the business owner, for sticking firmly to her morals for providing seasonal, local, organic, ethical food at affordable prices and putting these standards first, before profits. We currently have an all-female team of cafe managers and its great to work alongside some amazing women, in a supportive, encouraging environment.

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Liz Haughton