10 Minutes with Megan Mailer from Barefoot Services

Megan Mailer runs Barefoot Services where she works as a Virtual Assistant helping businesses work smarter to achieve more.

Mum to one outstanding human being and one gorgeous fur baby. Lover of board games (she claims the Monopoly crown), the theatre and nice restaurants. Can’t drive, won’t drive but is partial to a cycle.

Dislikes alarms, bills and laundry. Thinks Sundays are the best days of the week because you get 7 extra hours and wishes every day could be a blue sky kind of day.

You can connect with Megan on LinkedIn here.

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What three words would your best friend use to describe you?

Nobody can answer that quite like my best friend and she said, “strong, patient and competitive”. – I’ll take it!

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?

I own neither an iPod or a car however, I am LOVING a bit of Barns Courtney lately! The favourite part of my day is jumping in the shower and cranking the volume up whilst I belt out a few of my favourite songs.

I’m not sure my neighbours would agree to be fair…

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?

Daniel Craig is legitimately the only one I could name. Just as well he’s the best!

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?

It probably doesn’t paint me in a good light, but it would absolutely be my phone. It contains everything I need to keep calm and carry on!

Last meal on earth?

Keep it simple…

Duck breast with gratin dauphinois, passionfruit jus, chantenay carrots and green beans. Get in my belly!

Dream dinner party guests?

Dead or alive? How big is the table? Here goes…

Ronan Keating (obviously!) because life goals. Rachel Hollis because she inspires me. Kevin Bridges because he makes me laugh. Tom Hanks because I want to hear his stories.  My Great Grandad who I never got to meet but am certain I’d have adored. Stacey Solomon because she makes me smile. Dolly Alderton because I think we’d be great pals and last but not least, Rachel McAdams because I think she’s the most underrated actress of our time and I love her a little bit.

First thing you’d do if you won £1million?

Phone my Mother.

Quiet night in or big night out?

Quiet nights in please. I forget what it feels like to be alive after 10pm.

City break or weekend in the country?

Depends on the company. With the girls, a city break for sure. With family, a weekend in the country enjoying the fresh air and letting the dog roam free sounds delightful.

Early bird or night owl?

Early bird. I get more done in a morning before the world wakes up that I do for the rest of the day.

Save it or spend it?

I’d love to say save it but that is a level of discipline I just haven’t reached yet! Spend it. All of it. Then question where it has been spent and subsequently wonder if it was worth it before undoubtedly concluding that yes, it was!

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?

I’m a potato.

If you didn’t say that in a funny voice in your head, we can’t be friends.

Home or abroad?

I’m a home bird. Holidays are great but there’s no feeling quite like coming home.

Early or late?

Early. Being late makes me anxious.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs. All the dogs!

Happiest memory?

My happiest memories all involve my Son and our adventures together or my girls. Yes, I am that person.

And most embarrassing?

Every morning after the night before when realisation starts to hit and mortification sets in and  you’re too scared to look at your phone to learn exactly how many ways you made a fool of yourself and wondering if you have any friends left whilst repeatedly questioning why you do this to yourself.

Biggest regret?

Eating the cheese before bed.

What are you proudest of?

There are lots of people in my life that I am proud of by most importantly, I am proud of the woman I have become.

For the way I raise my son, the daughter and friend that I am, the way I get through the hardest times, for the way I face my challenges head on, for the decisions I’ve made even when it’s not easy and for the opportunities I have had the sense to grab with both hands.

For the future I am creating.

Who do you admire most?

People trying to achieve their dreams.

And who do you detest?

People who are cruel to others and animals.

Who would you like to thank?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my agent…. In all seriousness, I am thankful to absolutely everybody who has touched our lives and made the journey what it is so far.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t get so caught up in what you think others might think about you.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?

Raise my Son to be a considerate young man however, it is equally the most rewarding.

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?

Pepsi Max.

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?

Depends what they were dying from. I’ve certainly watched enough House and Grey’s Anatomy to take on minor emergency surgery.

What keeps you awake at night?

House and Grey’s Anatomy. Keep up.

And your biggest critic?

Without a doubt myself. Sometimes my Mother.

Mobile phone ringtone?

Ring Ring.

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What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Sociable, Stylish, Business Woman

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
Ed Sheeran

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
Daniel Craig

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
Photo’s

Last meal on earth?
Carbs

Dream dinner party guests?
Oprah Winfrey, The Queen

First thing you’d do if you won £1million?
Holiday

Quiet night in or big night out?
Depends on how busy we have been at work! 😉

City break or weekend in the country?
Either – It’s good to get away

Early bird or night owl?
Night Owl

Save it or spend it?
Spend it !

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
This week fitness fanatic

Home or abroad?
Abroad

Early or late?
Late

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

Happiest memory?
Lots!! Family times together.

And most embarrassing?
Lots again. Usually involving alcohol

Biggest regret?
Don’t believe in them.

What are you proudest of?
Our kids

Who do you admire most?
People who help others.

And who do you detest?
People with double standards

Who would you like to thank?
Our parents

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Just do it !!

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Being a mother!

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
Not a lot of will power, so can’t think of anything.

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
Yep!!! Did a CPR course last week 🙂

What keeps you awake at night?
Kids

And your biggest critic?
Ourselves

Mobile phone ringtone?
“This is what you came for”

Sophie McEwan: Owner of two successful businesses in Perth, Mum to amazing human and fur babies and wife to wonderful husband Neil. We couldn’t help but wonder if Sophie was an all round super woman so, we took a few minutes to get to know her!

Alongside the aforementioned husband Neil, Sophie owns Perth’s favourite Range Cooker and Woodburning Stove showrooms: HeatWorks. Not only has Sophie been running this successful business with hubby for the last 10 years, she also is the proud owner of Quince.

Quince is an online homeware store that is dedicated to indie makers and unique design – sounds right up our street, Soph!

We don’t know how she juggles it all and makes it look so easy! We were super excited when Sophie agreed to open up to us a little…..

What three words would your best friend use to describe you?

Hopefully….Kind, Caring and Fun!

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?

I have a massive playlist that I have on shuffle, a real mix of songs that I’ve discovered on BBC Radio 6 Music. My favourites from my playlist at the moment, would have to be any songs by This is the Kit, Public Service Broadcasting and Young Fathers.

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?

Oh Daniel Craig for sure!

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?

Apart from the obvious, kids, husband and dogs. It would have to be our piece of art by Anna King.

Last meal on earth?

This is maybe a bit daft, but whenever my Mum asked me what I wanted for my birthday tea I would always ask for Markies Spaghetti Bolognese. I’d probably ask for this as it reminds me of happy memories…that or a trip to the Fat Duck!

Dream dinner party guests?

Oh my goodess, this is tricky, here we go…

Adam Buxton

Richard Ayoade

Rosie Ramsey

Louis Theroux

Bob Mortimer

Celeste Barber

My husband Neil (He’d never forgive me if I didn’t invite him along with this lot!)

First thing you’d do if you won £1million?

Call my Mum and have a large gin and tonic!

Quiet night in or big night out?

Depends on my tiredness level, I’ve got a toddler body clock at the moment, early bed and early rises. I think it would have to be a night in with cheese and wine.

City break or weekend in the country?

Weekend in the country, any excuse to have a mini digital detox and hit the hills with our two wild whippets.

Early bird or night owl?

I’ve turned into an early bird thanks to my kids, but to be honest I love it. I’m so much more productive with an early start.

Save it or spend it?

Both…I use the Plum app to help save small manageable amounts, but I still love a trip to the garden centre.

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?

I would say that I’m somewhere in between. Exercise for me consists of daily dog walks and the odd bit of pilates. This keeps my body and mind happy.

Home or abroad?

This year we’re spending our Summer on the West Coast instead of abroad, the beaches are beautiful and the travel a whole lot less stressful. I will still be venturing abroad for skiing though!

Early or late?

Early, I’m always early.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs all the way! I’m a self confessed Whippet woman and our two hounds come to work with us everyday. I would be lost without them.

Happiest memory?

Our family holiday to Arisaig. Playing on the beach, in the sun with my family.

And most embarrassing?

I’m not embarrassed easily, so this is tricky, I tend to laugh at myself a lot!

Biggest regret?

I don’t know if it’s a regret as I probably wouldn’t have ended up where I am now without the choices that I had made. But I do wish I stayed on at school and achieved my Highers.

What are you proudest of?

My babies, I have two wonderful, bright and caring children that I am so proud are mine.

Who do you admire most?

My parents, they worked their socks off to bring me up and have offered endless support throughout the years.

And who do you detest?

I don’t really detest anyone in particular. But I do detest people who prey upon the vulnerable.

Who would you like to thank?

My parents, my husband, my in-laws and all of our wonderful clients who keep our business going.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Life is too short, and it flies by. Don’t waste it on negative people and do what makes you happy.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?

A charity cycle of the Hebrides with no practice on a bike that wasn’t my own. Even padded shorts didn’t help. Ouch.

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?

Gluten! I miss a decent crusty white loaf!

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?

I hope so.

What keeps you awake at night?

My to-do list. I need to get in the habit of writing it all down before I go to sleep so I can clear my head.

And your biggest critic?

Myself for sure.

Mobile phone ringtone?

Star Wars theme.

Adventure Circus was created in January 2015 by founder and Director, Gemma Simpson, and is a aerial, acrobatic and fitness club for people who like to do things a little differently. Gemma has a background in gymnastics and equestrian vaulting (google it!) and is generally sport mad, working also in the sport triathlon. Adventure Circus operates from a dedicated circus and cheerleading space in North Muirton and has a fantastic team of local circus instructors delivering classes for all ages, from tots to grandmothers! We also welcome guest instructors to lead specialist workshops in Perth. We thought it was about time we caught up with her and found out what makes her tick (and twirl!):

What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Smiley
Determined
Acrobatic

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
Usually music from our shows!

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
Daniel Craig I think, and Gemma Arterton in the scene when she is covered in the oil!

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
Presuming my husband Greg is also doing the saving with me, we’d grab the cats.

Last meal on earth?
Spanish tapas and the waffle desert from the Bridge of Earn village inn.

Dream dinner party guests?
When all your friends are either from your childhood or the circus, you have the dream dinner party guests every week!

First thing you’d do if you won £1million?
I expect I would cry with joy!

Quiet night in or big night out?
I think a big night out, any excuse to get dressed up!

City break or weekend in the country?
Since Perth is basically countryside, I’d say city break, but my favourite is the beach.

Early bird or night owl?
Night owl for sure.

Save it or spend it?
Personally I am a saver, for the business I love to spend!

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
Errrr fitness fanatic

Home or abroad?
There’s no place like home.

Early or late?
I am always, always, always late

Cats or dogs?
I love all animals, but cats suit my lifestyle best so I have two ginger cats at home.

Happiest memory?
Getting married, travelling around New Zealand and our theatre show last year, Destination, are probably my top three.

And most embarrassing?
Like I would write that here!

Biggest regret?
Not having a gap year to see the world. When I was at school, no-one had a gap year. So now I am trying to make up for lost time.

What are you proudest of?
My husband for putting up with me and everyone who has been part of the Adventure Circus journey so far.

Who do you admire most?
Probably my parents for their ability to multi-task when I was growing up, and for giving my brothers and I such a happy childhood.

And who do you detest?
I am known to moan about people who appear to have no drive and ambition!

Who would you like to thank?
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What advice would you give to your younger self?
Go on a gap year!

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
I could list any number of circus tricks, but I’d say unicycle is my current nemesis. My husband would say working the Dyson (but it has so many buttons how does anyone know how it works!!)

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
I don’t think I have given up anything!

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
I would give it a good try!

What keeps you awake at night?
Usually thinking of all the things I want to do with the circus

And your biggest critic?
As a performer, every audience I have ever had!

Mobile phone ringtone?
Hmmm whatever the default one is on the Huawei??

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So, want to meet the woman on a mission? Then read on:

What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Loud! Fun! Outgoing!

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
lots of Michael Franti & Spearhead – my happy music!

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
I’m not a big James Bond fan but I do love Mrs Doubtfire so got to go with Pierce Brosnan!

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
My wedding photos.

Last meal on earth?
Sweet chilli chicken noodles!

Dream dinner party guests?
Gordon Ramsay but only if he’s cooking!

First thing you’d do if you won £1 million?
Take the family on holiday and work out how to spend the rest. A wee villa somewhere sunny is a must though.

Quiet night in or big night out?
Neither – big night in. It’s all about the kitchen party!

City break or weekend in the country?
City break any day. I love New York & London. And Glasgow, haha!

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird. I go to bed at like 9pm!

Save it or spend it?
Spend it. you can’t take it with you.

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
Haha I do love my fitness classes but I’m hardly a fanatic…

Home or abroad?
Abroad. although Scotland is beautiful & I love travelling up North for work.

Early or late?
Always early. The only one in my family that ever is though so I usually end up waiting alone for an hour!

Cats or dogs?
I like them both. Is that allowed?

Happiest memory?
Both children being born and our wedding day. Aaaaw!

And most embarrassing?
Too many to mention. Getting thrown in a big skip in the playground by my mates in High School was pretty bad…

Biggest regret?
Don’t do regrets.

What are you proudest of?
Wee things my children do. Evan doing well at his football and guitar & Roxy doing well at gymnastics & school.

Who do you admire most?
All the amazing young people we support. They blow me away with their positivity!

And who do you detest?
Eddie Hearne from the boxing. I don’t know why, I just can’t cope with him on my tv…

Who would you like to thank?
My mom, my hairdresser, my dog walker, my agent… haha I’m not sure…

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t worry! it’s all gonna be ok! And blue mascara doesn’t work. On anyone. Not even you. Really.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
I did Total Warrior a couple of years ago. Glad I did it but it was AWFUL!

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
I’m no quitter!

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
I hope so!

What keeps you awake at night?
If I have to do a big speech at something I usually go over it a million times in my head. And I talk in my sleep too…

And your biggest critic?
Me!

Mobile phone ringtone?
It’s always on silent, I don’t actually know…

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What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Supportive, Compassionate, Energetic

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
Ella Fitzgerald

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
Sean Connery

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
My mountain bike

Last meal on earth?
My husband’s version of Jamie Oliver’s Fish Pie

Dream dinner party guests?
Marianne Williamson (spiritual teacher) Neale Donald Walsh (spiritual teacher) and Tracey Moseley (female mountain-biking legend)

First thing you’d do if you won £1 million?
Spend a year skiing and mountain biking in the best places in the world

Quiet night in or big night out?
Big night out

City break or weekend in the country?
Country! Definitely!

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird.

Save it or spend it?
Spend it

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
Fitness fanatic

Home or abroad?
Home

Early or late?
Late

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

Happiest memory?
Long sunny childhood summers spent in on the islands and in the forests of the Swedish archipelago

And most embarrassing?
Skiing with a group of Germans and being proud of myself for saying “ich bin heis” thinking it meant I am hot, and then them explaining through wild laughter that Id just said that I was horny….

Biggest regret?
I don’t believe in regrets…

What are you proudest of?
My 2 beautiful daughters, Eve(16) and Charlotte(14)

Who do you admire most?
Oprah Winfrey

And who do you detest?
Trump. Who doesn’t?

Who would you like to thank?
Everyone and everything! I believe that gratitude is simply the most powerful practice that for the creation of happiness that exists

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Be easier on yourself…

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Andalusia 6 day mountain bike stage race

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
I tried to give up sugar…that was hard…I succeeded for a while!

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
Well I have done lots of first aid training but it’s never really been put to the test although I have helped on the scene of a few bike accidents!

What keeps you awake at night?
Worrying about getting everything done when I have taken on too much!

And your biggest critic?
Hmmmm….probably my daughter when it comes to my wardrobe choices!

Mobile phone ringtone?
Whatever isn’t too annoying….

Sarah Halliday is an artist and designer based in Perthshire who has sold her paintings not only in the UK, but in Europe and the USA. With exhibitions in galleries acrossthe UK, as well as appearing in a book dedicated to cycling art., we thought it was about time would found out a bit more about her:

What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Scatty / kind / honest

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
I have a really diverse taste in music so it can be any genre of music. Usually make up my own playlists.

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
Sean Connery

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
A painting that I did a few years back that features me, my husband and my dog Charlie.

Last meal on earth?
Cake

Dream dinner party guests?
Ricky Gervais

First thing you’d do if you won £1million?
Split it between my family

Quiet night in or big night out?
Quiet night in

City break or weekend in the country?
Weekend in the country

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird

Save it or spend it?
Save it

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
Fitness fanatic when my dodgy knee isn’t playing up

Home or abroad?
Home

Early or late?
Probably late

Cats or dogs?
Dogs but I like cats too

Happiest memory?
Those hazy summer days when I was a child and the school holidays seemed to go on forever. (I grew up in the south of England)

And most embarrassing?
Squatting behind the back door of a McDonalds in France very early one morning, only for the cleaner to come out. All I could think of to say was ‘bonjour….!’

Biggest regret?
I don’t have regrets. Tend to use things as learning experiences and I always think ‘at least I had a go….!’

What are you proudest of?
When I do a really good painting or design and everything works.

Who do you admire most?
Any one whose not been afraid to have a go. Failing is in the not trying.

And who do you detest?
People who are just horrible, seek conflict and actively try and screw you over.

Who would you like to thank?
My husband for putting up with me

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Hard work pays dividends

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
130km cyclesportif on no breakfast in 45 degree heat over 3 mountains in South of France. I ate 14 oranges and a bag of dried apricots along the way. I weaved my way up the last mountain in leg and arm warmers – it was an early start and cold first thing. I feared if I stopped I may not get going again. When I got to the top of the last mountain, I thought ‘oh dear, this could be messy’, as my stomach churned over on all the fruit I had consumed. Fortunately it came up rather than down and was sick all the way down the mountain. To this day I am not quite sure how managed to get to the end!

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
I don’t have any really bad unhealthy habits so have never really had to give anything up.

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
Yes, I’d dial 999

What keeps you awake at night?
My dog jumping on the bed.

And your biggest critic?
Myself

Mobile phone ringtone?
Dancing in the dark – Bruce Springsteen

Jane Rennie is an experienced coach and trainer and founder of The Extraordinary Training Company, a people development company specialising in driving performance by bringing extraordinary training and coaching to entrepreneurs and SMEs. Believing that an organisation’s strength is its people, they provide learning & development solutions that help small businesses to get the very best from their people. Jane knows a thing or two about how people tick, so we thought it was high time we got to know what makes Jane tick too:

What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Driven, loyal, independent.

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
AC/DC – Thunderstruck is my anthem!

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
Pierce Brosnan – delightfully cheesy

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
Dogs and children aside, probably my jewellery box but not for the reason you’d expect – I don’t keep jewellery in it. It has photos of my son, who died, my Grandpa’s watch and Daddy’s cigar cutter. Everything else is replaceable.

Last meal on earth?
Thai Duck Red Curry – when I’m back at home in Thailand, though!

Dream dinner party guests?
Morgan Freeman (to talk to me), Brian Johnson (to sing to me), Alex Ferguson (to tell it like it is), Malala Yousafzai (to remind me that there’s always someone fighting a bigger fight), Queen Victoria (to confirm my hunch that she was really quite a funny lady), Alan Rickman (who needs a reason?)

First thing you’d do if you won £1million?
Other than tell my husband to resign and come home from Saudi (I love my job too much!) I really don’t know.

Quiet night in or big night out?
Depends on my week – both are equally appealing!

City break or weekend in the country?
Weekend in the country – total peace and relaxation. Although if it were Prague, I could be persuaded otherwise.

Early bird or night owl?
I’m neither – but not by choice. I suffer really badly from insomnia. I would LOVE to be that person that effortlessly leaps out of bed at 6am to make the most of the day.

Save it or spend it?
Spend it. No pockets in a shroud, as my father-in-law used to say!

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
Are you kidding?

Home or abroad?
Abroad. Although oddly, I’m loving being ‘home’ for the first time in 20+ years

Early or late?
Mmm. Lastminute.com is my tagline, unless I’m working, then ALWAYS early.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

Happiest memory?
Oddly, living in Iran. Memories of a very safe, care-free childhood spent in the constant sunshine and a huge swimming pool on the compound.

And most embarrassing?
Falling backwards off a bar stool, in true comic-style, and showing the entire bar my spotty knickers. Or getting trapped in a 747 Cargo plane with my horses and ‘mistakenly’ flying to Macau (yes, I’m absolutely serious!)

Biggest regret?
Not learning the language from every country I’ve lived in. All 26 of them.

What are you proudest of?
My children and husband. They remind me that whilst I have done lots of things wrong, I’ve got the important things very right.

Who do you admire most?
My mother. The most selfless, endless source of energy, love and fun I have ever known.

And who do you detest?
Anyone who makes others miserable, or is two-faced.

Who would you like to thank?
My parents – amazing opportunities to see the world. My Grandpa for teaching me what unconditional love looks like. My husband for never, ever giving up on me, even when I drive him to drink (or not, as his current location suggests).

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Do it! Stop worrying about what everyone else will think and just do it. So what if it goes wrong?

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Watch my son die.

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
Really can’t answer that.

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
Yes.

What keeps you awake at night?
I suffer from insomnia so if I knew that answer, I’d be a happy girl 🙂

And your biggest critic?
Me. Myself. I. Biggest, hugest critic, hands down. After that, my husband and mother in equal measure, but in the very best way.

Mobile phone ringtone?
AC/DC Thunderstruck.

Established in 2002 by Tricia Fox with a vision to create a truly integrated marketing agency offering, Volpa is a strategic one stop shop to those businesses whose needs span the full marketing discipline and who don’t have the time to manage multiple agencies to get the job done.

Over the last 15 years Volpa has firmly established itself as a growth business, expanding its footprint in Perth and now servicing a wise range of clients across Scotland, including many household names such as The Enchanted Forest, Scone Palace, Inveralmond Brewery, The Famous Grouse Experience and Balhousie Care Group.

Q What three words would your best friend use to describe you?

A Persistent, early riser (she was never up when I called in the morning) and fun.

Q What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?

A I have a playlist that I’ve entitled VaVaVoom which has some upbeat songs to keep my energy up like Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and Taylor Swift’s “Look what you made me do”.

Q Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?

A Pierce Brosnan, by a country mil.

Q Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?

A My two dogs, Toby and Molly.

Q Last meal on earth?

A Lobster.

Q Dream dinner party guests?

A Queen Elizabeth I, Jane Austen, John Harvey Jones, Madonna.

Q First thing you’d do if you won £1million?

A Pay off the mortgage.

Q Quiet night in or big night out?

A Definitely quiet night in. I’m much happier in pajamas than high heels.

Q City break or weekend in the country?

A Depends what kind of week I’ve had.

Q Early bird or night owl?

A Early bird. A very, very early bird. Except in winter when I behave like a hibernating bear.

Q Save it or spend it?

A Spend it. Life is way too short.

Q Couch potato or fitness fanatic?

A Admittedly a coach potato at heart.

Q Home or abroad?

A Hmmmmm. I’ve lived abroad so it would be just as easy to pick that as home. Both.

Q Early or late?

A Bang. On. Time. I hate waiting.

Q Cats or dogs?

A Dogs. They have the best attitude in the world. Every day is a new adventure.

Q Happiest memory?

A My wedding day. My jaw ached the day after from smiling.

Q And most embarrassing?

A Haha! So many to choose from…. how about that time I tipped a tray of drinks all over myself in a crowded restaurant on a Saturday night to avoid tipping it over a customer who wasn’t looking where they were going? That generated a round of applause and I have to finish my shift covered head to toe in a curdling combination of milk and fresh orange.

Q Biggest regret?

A No regrets, everything in life is a learning opportunity of one kind or another.

Q What are you proudest of?

A Starting again after losing it all. What’s the worse that can happen?

Q Who do you admire most?

A People who seem to have super human powers and the ability to get loads done in the same 24 hours that the rest of us have.

Q And who do you detest?

A Anyone petty. Pettiness should be made a crime. Biggest cause of unnecessary conflict.

Q Who would you like to thank?

A My husband for putting up with me. I sense I might be a bit demanding.

Q What advice would you give to your younger self?

A Start earlier.

Q What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?

A Resign from a business that I founded.

Q Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?

A Sick leave.

Q Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?

A Yes. First aid skills are an important life skill. They’ve come in useful over the years but strangely I’ve also used them to save my dog.

Q What keeps you awake at night?

A Nothing much, the minute my head hits the pillow I’m out like a light.

Q And your biggest critic?

A My mother.

Q Mobile phone ringtone?

A Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

The Home Straight is a Social Enterprise offering Independent Living Solutions to older people. Our core business involves Moving, Downsizing and Ageing in Place options.

Making the decision whether to move or stay can be a daunting process. We at The Home Straight can support people and their families through the entire process of de-cluttering, preparing a home for sale, organising all aspects of the move and settling in at the chosen destination.

If a person has chosen to stay and future proof their current home, then we can advise on suitable adaptations and project manage this to completion.

Our sister company Ellihome is in the process of making beautifully designed, high quality products to enable older people to maintain their independence and wellbeing at home.

Q What three words would your best friend use to describe you?

A Kind, reliable and a good listener.

Q What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?

A Radio 4 – it’s informative and I learn a lot as I am driving along.

Q Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?

A Roger Moore.

Q Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?

A My cat.

Q Last meal on earth?

A Ice cream – I could eat this every day!

Q Dream dinner party guests?

A Lord Winston, Ruth Davidson, Michael Buble.

Q First thing you’d do if you won £1million?

A take the grandchildren to Florida Disney.

Q Quiet night in or big night out?

A Definitely quiet night in.

Q City break or weekend in the country?

A City break – there are so many beautiful cities to visit and I am fortunate enough to live in the country, so see it daily.

Q Early bird or night owl?

A Early bird, but not too early!

Q Save it or spend it?

A Save it – I do like spending when I can though.

Q Couch potato or fitness fanatic?

A Oh dear! – Couch potato, I hate the gym, but enjoy gardening.

Q Home or abroad?

A Increasingly home. Air travel is torture nowadays.

Q Early or late?

A Mostly early.

Q Cats or dogs?

A I have always been a cat person. I like their independence.

Q Happiest memory?

A Holidays with friends and family.

Q And most embarrassing?

A Accidentally going into the gents toilet at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

Q Biggest regret?

A Not being more financially savvy.

Q What are you proudest of?

A Being brave enough to give up a steady job and become self employed.

Q Who do you admire most?

A People who give their time to help others.

Q And who do you detest?

A People who are selfish and thoughtless.

Q Who would you like to thank?

A My parents, for giving me the values that I have.

Q What advice would you give to your younger self?

A Be more assertive.

Q What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?

A Tell the children their Father and I were parting ways.

Q Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?

A Regular holidays.

Q Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?

A I would like to think so.

Q What keeps you awake at night?

A What have I forgotten to do.

Q And your biggest critic?

A My sister.

Q Mobile phone ringtone?

A Something called ‘radiate’.