Judy is the e-Research Centre Receptionist and enjoys making the reception area a bright, cheerful and efficient hub, a friendly and welcoming place for staff and visitors. She has been working in the Centre since February 2016,.
Normally Judy opens up the reception desk at 8:30 am and closes at 5:00 and is responsible for much more than just greeting visitors and receiving deliveries. Judy manages the room bookings calendar, organises travel bookings, orders stationery, supports the Events team in providing catering, and she also manages the inboxes for Reception and Info enquiries.
In addition, Judy does a wide variety of different tasks supporting the Admin team behind the scenes (hence is away from the reception desk every Thursday morning from 10:00 to 11:30am, at the Admin Team meeting). Some of the more ‘varied’ things Judy has been known to do involve filming and editing seminars, making posters, reconstructing the Intranet on Sharepoint, updating website profiles and mailing lists.
Before joining the Centre, Judy had a varied career both in UK and abroad, though generally within the area of education. She lived and worked in Hong Kong for 22 years, starting as a young TEFL teacher at the British Council, and becoming an ELT manager, a specialist Business English course developer for key Hong Kong businesses as well as for the British Army Education Centre. This was followed by nine memorable years as an educational video producer working on contracts for the Education Department of the Hong Kong Government. She was lucky enough to have a ringside seat at the handover to China in 1997. She loves Hong Kong and returns for a quick holiday every year if she can.
After leaving Hong Kong, Judy decided to try an alternative lifestyle in the southern hemisphere (Bali) with the intention of developing artistic creativity. But the paradise island lifestyle didn’t turn out to be a happy experience, so she returned to family in Oxford where she started up her own business helping many retired, older people to tackle the world of computing, and surf the Internet fearlessly. She also became a writer’s coach for five years, helping first time authors to write books.
Judy enjoys losing track of time on Photoshop, InDesign and iMovie; travelling to places with a lot of snow, and interior design creative storage (fitting ridiculous amounts of stuff into small spaces).