We meet Cheryl Norman, trading controller, at AF Blakemore.

BW: What was your first job?

I worked at good old BHS in the lighting department as a sales assistant while I was studying at university.

BW: How would your colleagues at Blakemore describe you? 

I would like to think they would describe me as being professional, approachable, friendly and helpful!

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? 

I love fitness and nutrition – they are both real passions of mine – but being a great mum is what makes me tick.

BW: If time and money were not an issue, what hobby would you most like to get into? 

Baking – I find it therapeutic and relaxing. There is something quite special about creating a masterpiece for everyone to enjoy.

BW: What would your perfect day involve? 

A day at home with my family. I know this is a cliché, but in the busy world we live in, everyone wants to spend more time with their family.

BW: What is your song of choice at karaoke? 

Anything by Tina Turner, because I can do a mean Tina Turner impression.

BW: Who would be your four ideal dinner party guests?

I love a good laugh, so I would invite the comedians Keith Lemon and Russell Brand, plus the athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, and TV presenter Mary Berry.

BW: What would you cook them? 

With those guests, I would not want to leave the table, so I would have to order in.

BW: What trend would you like to see make a comeback?

Platform boots! For a period of time, I was almost 6ft tall!

BW: If you were a superhero, what would you choose as your superpower?

The ability to pause everything around me. Being a mum to two boys and working full-time, I would love to have the odd cup of coffee.

BW: What do you wish you knew more about?

There is so much to learn! We never stop learning and we should never want to stop learning.

BW: When was the last time you changed your opinion about something major? 

I am open to other people’s ideas, opinions or beliefs. I do not believe my way or belief is always right and someone else’s is wrong. It is not always about changing, more about accepting other opinions or beliefs. 


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