GT – What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

Louise Smith, Quality Assurance Manager, Oakland International

Not knowing what you are going to walk into, no two days are the same, knowing that you have made a customer’s day by going that extra mile.

GT – Who’s inspired you most in your career?

My CEO Dean Attwell had the faith in me when I first started and gave all the encouragement I needed to be where I am today.

GT – If you were an item in a supermarket, what would you be?

A strawberry.

GT – If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?

I don’t think I would do anything differently, what will be will be.

GT – What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?

Sorry, I can’t really think of one?

GT – Who or what makes you laugh?

My son Jamie, he should have been on the stage, he makes everyone laugh.

GT – Do you have any hidden talents?

I can play the recorder and clarinet.

GT – Who would be your favourite party guest?

Alan Carr.

GT – What is the greatest luxury in your life?


GT – What is your favourite guilty pleasure?

Robbie Savage.

GT – Do you have any secret ambitions?

I would like to be an air hostess.

GT – What’s your dream holiday destination?

Anywhere hot with a sun lounger and a bar that serves cocktails – easily pleased!

GT – What are your three favourite movies of all time?

10 Things I Hate About You, Pretty Woman and Con Air

GT – What is your favourite book of all time?

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

GT – What’s your favourite pastime?

Chilling on a beach or by a pool abroad with a cocktail or two!

GT – If you won the Lottery, what would you do?

Make sure my family and friends were looked after, and then travel lots!

GT – What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into this industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?

I’d advise anyone thinking about entering the supply chain industry to definitely ‘do it’! It’s always busy and exciting, and every day is different with different journeys. Variety is the spice of life!


Established in 1998, Oakland International’s strategic focus is to add value to its customers and partners. With BRC accredited depots in Redditch (UK) and Ashbourne (Ireland), and a new facility in Corby, Northamptonshire, Oakland works with major UK and Irish food retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets, offering contract packing and tempering expertise for chilled, ambient and frozen foods.

Providing a number of value added services encompassing distress load management, brand development support, contract packing and tempering expertise; coupled with their retailer knowledge, innovative packaging ideas and talent for identifying growth areas for a customer’s existing business, are key reasons why Oakland’s reputation is positioned as a supply chain network partner of choice.

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