Andrea Svecova is purchasing manager at Woods Foodservice, a member of the Confex buying group based in Uxbridge, Greater London.
BW: What was your first ever job?
As a student, I worked in many different roles. If I remember correctly, my first ever job was conducting surveys for one of the leading marketing agencies in Bratislava, Slovakia. My first ever full-time job was in 2006, as a bartender in central London.
BW: How would your colleagues at Woods Foodservice describe you?
My co-workers would say that I am dedicated and reliable, I have a strong work ethic, and I’m available to those who need help.
BW: If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport that would give you a chance of winning a medal, what would it be?
Carrying 2x20l of vegetable oil up two floors. We had our own ‘Woods Olympics’ last year and I finished in second place. I am pretty confident that I would win this time, though.
BW: If time and money were not an issue, what hobby would you most like to get into?
Definitely charity work. I would love to help more people in need, especially homeless, elderly people.
BW: What would your perfect day involve?
The hammam therapy experience, followed by a full body massage, then an Italian lunch with a glass of wine.
BW: What’s your song of choice at karaoke?
‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen – I think this says a lot about my character, too!
BW: Who would be your four ideal dinner party guests?
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, actor Mel Gibson, my husband Martin and my boss Darren Labbett. Although they might not have much in common, it would be an interesting combination of people for a dinner party.
BW: What would you cook them?
I would prepare a three-course meal. I would begin with borscht as a starter, followed by duck confit with sarladaise potatoes. For dessert, it would have to be mille-feuille.
BW: What fad or trend would you like to see make a comeback?
Speaking to and spending more time with my friends and family face-to-face, rather than over the phone and using social media.
BW: If you were a superhero, what would you choose as your superpower?
Time-manipulation – with this power, I could do more in one day, as I sometimes struggle to do everything I would like to.
BW: What do you wish you knew more about?
Everything. Knowledge is power and information is the most expensive commodity. I believe you should be learning throughout your life.
BW: When was the last time you changed your belief or opinion about something major?
Quite recently, about an important political issue.