Meet Jenny Sprackling
Jenny has been in post as the Isle of Wight LINk's Communications Officer since September 2011, we asked her to describe a bit about herself and a typical day for her...
Where do you call home and why did you choose to live there? I live 10 minutes’ walk from the sea on the Isle of Wight and I love it here, especially in the summer.
First Job: First ‘proper’ job was working at a local art centre, doing everything from reception, craft shop and box office to theatre publicity and web design.
Favourite Book: I love to travel, so most of my favourites are non fiction and linked to holiday destinations to inspire me to get saving!
Favourite Film: I like films with a decent twist or two to get your mind working – a particular favourite is Memento.
Favourite film star: I don’t really have a favourite - if the acting’s good I enjoy it, if it’s terrible I enjoy laughing at it.
Most Embarrassing moment: Public speaking usually covers this, see below…
What’s on your iPod/CD rack: I have very eclectic musical taste buds, so you’ll find everything from Prince, Kraftwerk and David Bowie to Lauryn Hill, The Foo Fighters and Stevie Wonder, with more than my fair share of 90s dance music thrown in for good measure.
Favourite gadget: My DSLR camera, with which I’m becoming rather obsessed!
If you were Mayor for the day, what would you change? I’d sort out the Island’s roads and pavements, too many pot holes for my liking.
What has been your best and worst moment in your role? Best moments are whenever I’m being creative, or seeing how I’ve helped to make a difference to local services, such as when the commissioner responded positively to some of the recommendations in our dental services report.
My worst moments were those shortly before giving a speech at a public event last year - I’ve always hated public speaking.
A typical day:
7am: alarm clock goes off – although my toddler’s internal alarm has usually gone off a few hours earlier!
8.30am: Arrive at the office after dropping my daughter off at nursery. Work usually includes posting health and social care news items on our website, then adding them to our Facebook page and twitter feeds. I may also be working on press releases or reports – I researched and compiled our local Dental Services report and helped put together our annual report, which I also translated into ‘easy read’ format.
Midday: Grab a bite to eat and have a wander around town to recharge the batteries…
12:30: More of the same in the afternoon. I usually finish around 3-3:30pm, then it’s back home via the nursery to see what fun and games the little one’s been up to while I’ve had my nose to the grindstone.