I’m Christina and I became the manager of the food and beverage department at Thistle Aberdeen Altens last year, having been an assistant manager and supervisor for two years prior.
One of the things I like most about my job is that every day is different, and with 32 Food & Beverage staff to keep happy, things never get boring! Two of my biggest achievements at Thistle have been achieving a guest feedback score of 80% and above from Retail Eyes and whipping the Food and Beverage team in to shape! Many people would be surprised to know that if my department were a standalone business, it would turn over £1.9 million a year.
Quick fire Q&A
Who inspires / has inspired you in your career?
My Mum and Dad because they have shown me by working hard and demonstrating ambition I can achieve great things
What are your hobbies?
Reading, art and playing the saxophone
What’s your favourite TV programme?
Shameless, Come Dine with Me and The Apprentice
If you had to plan your ideal meal, what would you choose for starter, main and dessert?
Starter – Scallops, black pudding and minted pea puree
Mains – Chilli burger with hand cut chips and salad
Dessert – Crème brûlée (any flavour)
My top tips for leading by example...
- Never ask anyone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself
- Find everyone’s strengths and weaknesses and match them up
- Find out what motivates the team, and remember that everyone is different
- Always encourage feedback from your team and ensure you act upon it
- Whatever you do, do it with integrity