You know the name, now get to know the person! Karen Sutton, sales manager at PenCarrie, talks about her love of Barbados, volunteering for the Samaritans and the restorative power of tea

How long have you been working in the industry?

Almost six years in this industry, but the previous 10 years were working in industrial laundry, so there was quite a lot of crossover. I have been in sales for more years than I care to remember.

What’s your most over-used word or phrase?

Everything happens for a reason. My dad used it all the time and it drove me to distraction, but he meant that you should learn from every situation because it helps you grow as a person. I now use it all the time and probably drive everyone else to distraction.

Which tune can’t you get out of your head at the moment?

Absolutely Everybody by Vanessa Amorosi. It’s a real ‘90s feel-good song that I heard again recently, and I cannot get it out of my head.

Karen fancies the idea of being an estate agent — and poking around other people’s homes!

Karen fancies the idea of being an estate agent — and poking around other people’s homes!

We think Karen’s skill for hula hooping definitely counts as a hidden talent!

We think Karen’s skill for hula hooping definitely counts as a hidden talent!

What’s your favourite sports team?

Gloucester Rugby. I don’t know much about rugby except that the games are around 10 hours long, as I drop the lads off around lunchtime and they don’t get home until around 11pm, which means I get the afternoon and evening to myself, which is marvellous.

Tomato ketchup or brown sauce?

Tomato ketchup — brown sauce on bacon sandwiches is just plain wrong.

What is the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?

Many, many things, but one of the worst was on a joint visit with my manager. When I was answering one of his questions and while distracted, I blindly followed my sat nav onto a slipway into the River Thames. Luckily, I managed to reverse before we actually hit the water!

What fact about you surprises people?

That I spent many years as a Samaritans volunteer.

What’s your greatest ambition?

Losing my father at a fairly young age taught me that tomorrow is not a given, so I try to make the most of every day, even the bad ones.

A good cup of tea is Karen’s go-to cure

A good cup of tea is Karen’s go-to cure

Karen has fallen completely in love with Barbados

Karen has fallen completely in love with Barbados

What’s your hidden talent?

I think they may be very well hidden, as I have yet to discover any. Unless the ability to hula hoop counts?

If you were to do another job, what would it be?

An estate agent. Basically I’m nosy and love the idea of poking around other people’s homes.

If you could be anywhere on Earth right now, where would you be?

Barbados. I visited it just before Covid hit, and fell completely in love.

Which gadget or app couldn’t you live without?

A kettle — tea helps me get through the day, and cures most things in my opinion. Also a corkscrew, for when tea just doesn’t cut it!

If you could ask one person (living or dead) one question, what would you ask?

To the first person that tried a bungee jump: Why? What were you thinking?