Today we're celebrating the work anniversary of Finance Director Jemma Brown! Initially joining as a Junior, Jemma has been a part of the Bright Purple team for 10 years and she knows pretty much all there is to know about the business- as she might put it she's seen it all. While we can't celebrate with her in person just now we've put her in the hot seat to get her reflections on the past decade as well as check in on her current working from home situation.
We want to say a big thank you to Jemma for her contributions over the past 10 years- here's to the next decade!
Question: Do you remember your first day at Bright Purple?
Answer: Yes, very well! I can remember it being very daunting, going round every single desk of the current employees trying to remember names! One name that has stuck is Nick Price – only one that’s left from that time ago! :) :)
Q: What’s your biggest achievement / success?
A: Being at Bright Purple for 10 year is an achievement! Starting from being a young 19 year old finance junior/assistant and working my way all the way up to most recent, FD promotion!
Q: Favourite memory from the past 10 years (we know it’ll be hard to only pick one..!) :
A: Very hard indeed! All the fancy Xmas parties and festival nights have got to be up there but our trip to Budapest in 2015! Even though I was heavily pregnant it was still a great trip and nice to be treated to something different :)
Q: How has your job, and the office, changed since you first started?
A: Everything has changed A LOT! Working under Alastair for 8 years to now running the full back office department is a big change, that I am still adapting too! Going through times where we had offices in London, Lithuania etc and 40/50 staff in the Edinburgh branch to now a more compact team in Edinburgh. A lot of great colleagues have left, some of which remain still very good friends of mine. One thing that hasn’t changed though is my office seat and keyboard which I am 100% not up for changing them anytime soon!
Q: What are the best and worst things about working from home?
A: Best thing has got to be the fact I am able to see my kids a lot more, seeing Matthews face when I arrive at the nursery door gets me every time! I don’t really have a “worst” thing as such, maybe the fact I have to make my own tea and coffee’s?
Q: Do you have any goals and hopes for the next 10 ten years that you want to share?
A:. I am eager to continue to embrace my new role as Finance Director and grow the team around me as well as maintaining my current work/life balance…. I need to get over the craziness of 2020 first though!