To enable you to get to know us, we have asked the team five questions.
Up first is Sue Iles. Sue is our Sales Director ��
Tell us about yourself and your family...
Neil and I have been married for twelve years, together for 19 years. We have three children between us, twins Matt & Jon (Jon recently married his wife Alex) and Anna, along with an adorable 18-month-old Dachshund named Theo. Neil and I have been working together in Estate Agency since 2002. With three children, a new Daughter in Law, a dog, and a busy business - there’s never a dull moment!
What attracted you to Estate Agency?
1n 1997, when I was looking to return to work full time after my twins had started at school, I had no idea what I wanted to do so I made an appointment to visit the Opportunity Shop in Taunton. I filled in an online questionnaire where I was asked my job likes/dislikes, personal strengths and weaknesses and it matched me with my three ‘perfect’ careers. Number 1 was a Carpet Fitter. Hmm! Number 2 was to work as an Advertising Sales Executive. I wasn’t sure about that either, so I looked at Number 3 – Estate Agent. Bingo! I loved the idea and set about persuading someone to take me on, even though I had absolutely no experience. And the rest is history……
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have no ‘spare’ time as anyone who knows me will agree that I am always working, but if I can, I snatch ten minutes with the daily ‘I’ newspaper online and catch up with what’s going on in the world. I love being up to speed with UK current affairs and also to understand and appreciate world events. The news can often be so sad though so when it gets too depressing, I fast forward to the back pages and catch up with the Sports news instead!
Who is your role model? Why?
My wonderful late Dad, Arthur Frederick Iles. He was aged just 15 at the outbreak of WWII, too young to enlist, but when he reached the age of 18, he joined The Coldstream Guards. Along with seven comrades in two Sherman tanks, my Dad landed on Gold beach in Normandy on 6 June 1944. In the days that followed both tanks took a direct hit and of the eight soldiers in those two tanks, tragically only one survived. That one was my Dad. Despite suffering terrible injuries, being given the last rites several times and spending more than a year in Hospital, he miraculously survived. He went on to live for 65 more years grateful every day to be alive, living a life of peace and love, and surrounded by his adored and adoring family. He was an amazing role model for anyone who had the privilege to meet him and will always be a hero for those of us who were lucky enough to know and love him.
Tell us something about yourself that’s not on your CV…
When I was a teenager still at school, I worked at The Odeon in Weston-super-Mare as an Usherette. I absolutely loved my job and the fact that once my duties were over (showing people to their seats and selling ice creams in the intermission) I could choose a Movie and sneak into one of the screens and sit and watch it. The good news was that I got to watch ET 87 times – the bad news was that I never got to sit and watch the first ten minutes or the last ten minutes until many years later, as I was always ‘working’ during those bits!
Thank you to Sue! Next will be Neil Jenkin's Q & A's.
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