An Interview With Berta Dodds

Tell us what you do for a living.

I work in the Finance department and have been AAT (The Association of Accounting Technicians) qualified since around 2009 (I think, the years go so fast)

Why are you the right person for this job?

I don’t know, am I, ha, you will need to ask my MD, FD and all my colleagues about this. But seriously, I look after The Change’s money like it’s my own and I mean this in a positive way of course J

What gets you up in the morning?

Oh that awful alarm noise and my coffee machine

Who helped you get to where you are today?

My mum and dad, through their hard working ethos and telling me not to slog at my working day in a non-skilled, low paid job (not that there is anything wrong with that, the more skilled you are the more opportunities you have) to get out there and get a good job. Their support with my children whilst working full time. My partners support when studying to get my AAT qualification, it took nearly 3.5 years. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without him

What is the best or worst business advice you have received?

I can’t pick the best as I have been given a lot of advice over the years, these are the ones that stick. Not to react straight away in the heat of the moment, try to give it 5, as your response will be better. Work hard and be determined, as you can achieve a majority of things. Learn by your mistakes (look at me going on)

What’s running on your smartphone?

Trip advisor, clothes shop apps and voucher code

Tell us something most people do not know about you?

Sadly I have given birth to three children but only have 2 with me. My first daughter was still born because of various medical problems. I am ok now, this was back in 2000. This has made me a stronger person.

What goal do you have to achieve before you die, and why?

I just really want to live a long, happy, healthy and comfortable life (boring hey, ha) to travel around different parts of the world. America is top of the list at the moment and I definitely want to go back to New York. I just think when you get older nothing really matters apart from people around you and happy memories

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

I can’t pick really, I read a lot, would it be wrong to say I enjoyed reading 50 shades?

And the best film you’ve ever seen?

I really enjoyed the Twilight series, Sons of Anarchy, Prison Break and Games of Thrones, as you can see I can’t pick

What would be your Desert Island MP3s?

All sorts except heavy rock and house music

What temptation can you not resist?

Buying clothes and a good bargain

What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?

I had a clapped out black ford fiesta, the stereo was worth more than the car. I drive an Aygo, nothing glamorous as I hate spending money on cars

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

It would have to be a bird, as I am nosey, actually should I say inquisitive. But I don’t want to be a seagull or a pigeon because they are not too pretty to look at and they are annoying

If you could take part in one event in the Olympics, which would you choose and why?

It would have to be swimming, as I would learn how to do that flip turn at the end of each lap, which looks pretty impressive. Oh and of course being able to swim at incredible speeds

If you were facing awesome peril and impossible odds, which real or fictional person would you most want on your side and why?

My partner, he would definitely protect and save me

Who was the last person you hugged and why?

My daughter because I love her soooo much

Have you ever met anyone famous, if so how? If not who would you like to meet?

I saw Paul Hollywood at our local Chinese, the kids went in there to get lollies when trick or treating, they actually recognised him first. Tiny Temper was also on the same flight as me back from Ibiza

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