One of the first faces to walk through the door at Hove Town Hall, this week we meet 24/7 Co-Worker Laura Turner. Savvy as she is sweet (with a very sweet tooth to boot!) Laura is the Director of Altitude International Summer Camps. We talk about her success and passion for her work, as well as chocolate wrapper shrines and questionable motives for meeting the Beckhams…
Tell us about your role at Altitude Ski and Snowboard School - what do you do and how did you get into it?
I did a gap year after college because I didn’t want to go to Uni, as I didn’t know what I wanted to do. So instead I trained as a ski instructor in France, then came back to England and worked at HSBC as a cashier, but it bored the hell out of me!
So I decided to a season as a ski instructor, and chose to go to Verbier in Switzerland because my parents had been there on a corporate trip, and my Dad had come back with a black eye from a punching fight in a night club, so I thought it must be great place!
I ended up falling in love with the place, then consequently fell in love with a boy and stayed there for seven years.
I was primarily working as a ski instructor but then I also took on sales, Summer Camp was set up that year and I worked with the kids a bit in the Summer and then took on a bit of the operations…Fast forward five years and I took on the sales for both schools - the Ski School and the Summer Camp, and then two and half years ago I got made Director of the Summer Camp company and I now run that business. I manage all the sales, marketing and recruitment and run the camps during the Summer. I’m working on developing and growing the business, and since I started we’ve double the turnover which is obviously fantastic.
What made you come to PLATF9RM?
I was looking for a co-working space, and didn’t want to work off the dining room table at home anymore. I looked online at a few places but I just loved the vibe here, it’s friendly and the design is cool - thought has obviously gone into the space. It’s a homely place and a really calm environment to work in.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Seeing the change in the children. A majority of our clients are high net-worth families and I think a lot of people have the pre-conception that they have everything that they need, which they do financially speaking. However a lot of the children may not have good relationships with their parents as they often not at home, they attend boarding school or their parents work a lot so they spend their time with nannies and tutors - so they have a lot of adult contact and not a lot with children their own age, and not a lot of freedom to play.
They have every electronic item in the world but they seem to lack close bonds with people. Our camp is quite small, so seeing the relationships they build in two weeks, whilst developing language skills and learning new things is really nice to see.
It sounds awful but witnessing the kids cry on departure day because they’ve had the best time and don’t want to go is really amazing. It’s great to feel you’ve had an impact on their lives - much as I’m stressed out of my mind in the Summer - seeing the kids each week is what makes it worth it.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of you life what would it be?
Roast dinner! It has to have Yorkshire Puddings though…Ideally Roast Beef, rare with loads of gravy!
(anyone else salivating?!)
Who or what was the first poster on your childhood bedroom wall?
I was thinking about this and was trying to remember if I had a poster on my wall! It was probably Steps or The Spice Girls, but when I got older I didn’t have posters of people I just had every possible chocolate and sweet wrapper on the wall.
I would have a bag of wine gums and then I’d add them to this chocolate and sweet wall in my bedroom! That’s really weird isn’t it?
What habit are you proudest of breaking or want to break?
Well! I have now completed three weeks of no sugar and no wine Monday to Friday! My aim is to continue until Christmas!
(Not bad for the girl who had a sweetie shrine on her wall!)
If you could spend the day with any celebrity who would it be and why?
I found this really hard! My first thought was David Beckham cos he’s just HOT, but then I thought, Victoria Beckham’s wardrobe would be epic to look through.
(You could hang out with the Beckhams together?)
Yeah! Hang out with the Beckhams, steal her wardrobe and sleep with David…
(We're sure she’d be fine with that…)
Where would you find you on a chilly Winter evening?
Either at home in front of a fire, or a pub in front of the fire - probably with a massive snuggly cardigan on with a glass of wine and a bar of chocolate!
What is your most sentimentally prized possession?
Weirdly it’s always been photos, because I love to capture everything, like travel or emotional events. But now they’re all on the iCloud I don’t have to worry about losing them if the house burns down. So instead I would choose this ring (shows us a blinging diamond ring!) which my Great Nan left to me, and her last words to my Mum were ‘One life ends, another begins’
I was the first grandchild and two weeks after my birth my Great Nan died. I had it fixed recently because I broke one of the diamonds - I mean who knew you could break a diamond? So I guess it would be that, and the diamond earrings I just recently got for my 30th and diamond necklace my boyfriend got for me.
(Looks like diamonds really are a girls best friend!)
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