KAREN WAKEMAN

How long have you been with Gaze Burvill?

I’m a new-bee at Gaze Burvill and have been here just 4 months.

What is your role at Gaze Burvill?

My role is to assist the Financial Controller, dealing mostly with invoices for items purchased.

What is the best thing about working at Gaze Burvill?

I love manufacturing and have worked in this environment most of my working life.  The skill of taking various materials, putting them together and producing something that is not only functional but beautiful to look at, I find amazing.

What would you say is the hardest thing about your job?

I work only 8 hours a week, and find continuity difficult.

What is your most memorable moment since joining?

Going to Kew Gardens for the lighting show, somewhere I’ve never been but will definitely visit again.

What makes you proud to work here?

Its early days for me, and I’m sure it’s something that will grow in time, my initial findings are that my work colleagues are all very proud of what is produced at Gaze Burvill.

What is your favourite piece of furniture?

I hate to say this, but I’m not familiar with the individual designs of the furniture, they all look good to me.

What are your inheritance tracks?

This is a difficult one, as from an early age my Mum introduced me to Sammy Davis Jnr, Ella Fitzgerald and songs from the musicals, I still love all of these.  I’m also a big fan of the great Elvis and his version of American Trilogy is very special to me!

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