A weekly feature on the lives and loves of people from our city.
My day: I am a country person at heart and live relatively rurally. My home office has a great view over the Cheshire plains. I quite often drive up the drive at Bolesworth Castle and think what a beautiful location to work in; I think everybody who works here takes a quick few minutes every day to appreciate the surroundings.
I start my day at 7am with my first cup of tea, one of many throughout the day and I usually try to get to the gym before my work day officially starts at 8.30am. I would say I spend 50% of my time working with clients and suppliers and the rest of time in my office working on planning the events, usually with Radio One on in the background to keep me sane. I rarely get chance for lunch and if I do, it’s on the move and dinner is usually pretty late in the evening when my day is all over.
My job is to assist Nina Barbour and the family in their ambition to host the best international equestrian event in the UK. <em/> Bolesworth Estate has invested heavily in the event this year to make us one of, if not the best, equestrian venues in the UK. With the addition of a new national show in September, we have doubled the show team’s workload.
Whilst it will always remain primarily a family home, such a stunning location will be more available, to more people in the coming years.
Dress: We have a branded clothing range that we all wear.
What is the favourite part of your job? I am quite a sociable person (although the rest of the team may disagree) so I quite enjoy the people side of the event. I think you get a great sense of achievement having planned everything and had it all on paper for 50 weeks of the year, to see it come to fruition and prosper is brilliant.
What is your least favourite part of your job? I am on site 24/7 during an event and I am ultimately responsible for everything. Whilst we work with great contractors, things can and do go wrong, so toilets are my least favourite call to receive. I keep a pair of marigolds in the boot of my vehicle for such emergencies.
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now? I am an electrical engineer by trade and my formative years were spent at Runcorn company O’ Hare Engineering. I left in 1997 to start up my current business Alan Beaumont Management, but I will be forever indebted to O’Hare’s for the skills they gave me.
How do you relax when you are not working? I do love show jumping, (I was relatively successful show jumper myself at one time) and sailing. I also have a caravan in North Wales that I try to get to as much as possible.
What is your favourite film? The Notebook (soppy I know but…)
What is your favourite book? A little known book called The Uncle’s Story by Witi Ihimaera, of New Zealand.
What is your favourite song? Christina Perry - A Thousand Years.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Bruce Willis as he is balding and ageing badly too!
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame? I hope not although I have had an extraordinary life so far, I hope there are plenty more surprises still to come!
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