Focus Management Consultants Limited

Recruitment Specialists for the food and drink industry

Colette Nichols, Divisional Director

Colette is the Divisional Director for Focus Management Consultants Limited and has been with the business since 2001.

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An Interview with Colette

What is the earliest ambition you can remember?

I remember wanting to be a Forensic Scientist. And then went on to study Food Science. Not at all similar!

Did you go to a state or private school?

State School

Did you go to University or straight into work?

I went to University after school and took a few months out before gaining my first job.

Who is your idol?

Nelson Mandela.

Who is your mentor?

I have had formal mentors in the past but my best mentor has always been my other half.

How physically fit are you?

Well I don’t run marathons but I can run up four flights of stairs!  I play at trying to get fit, I do a bit of pilates and jogging, and I am continually aiming to do more.

Which leads to greater success, hard work or ability?

It depends on the task but some of both is useful. 

Do you consider your carbon footprint?

Yes but could improve it. 

What was the first car you owned?

Blue Mini Metro.

What’s your biggest extravagance?

How politically committed are you?

Name one skill you don’t possess that you wish you did?

I wish I had more practical skills in either plumbing or mechanics.  

Do you have more than one home?

No I have an old house that is in constant need of attention!

What and where is the best restaurant you’ve ever eaten in?

Shipton Mill Inn

What keeps you going every day?

Apart from several cups of tea, meeting new people.

What has been your greatest disappointment?

Not taking more time to travel after university

What was the last book you read?

Harry Potter with my 9 year old. We have read three together but I am trying to only read one every six months with her so she grows up with the story.  We are both addicted!

What would your 20 year old self say to you now?

The 20 year old was very assertive and constantly challenging so she may say that I need be more of this as I have mellowed over the years.  She would be pleased to see I am still workaholic!

What ambitions do you still have?

I would like to go back-packing again for longer – the Far East, Australia and New Zealand, and a few small idyllic islands in between. Also, to work for the Red Cross.

If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far out of 10, what would your score be?

It’s been good so far but difficult to put a number to.