Meet the Team – Sue Perring

Nov 3, 2021

What is your role at WDSEO?

I have very recently joined the team as the SEO Administrator.  Currently, I am concentrating on auditing/updating listings for Clients, in order to help their businesses to have a greater presence online and reach more prospective customers/clients.    There is much more to the role, which I will gradually be taking on during the coming weeks/months.

What did you do, prior to joining the team at WDSEO?

I have held various roles over the past 34 years, including PA/Secretary to the Manager of the Devon & Cornwall branch of a large construction company; working behind the scenes at the Theatre Royal – chaperoning for productions such as ‘The King and I’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’  amongst others; I was a keyworker in 2 different pre-schools whilst my children were at Primary School.  I was a housewife and mother by choice for 15yrs.  Most recently, I worked for 14yrs in a Secondary Education Academy, where I held 4 different roles – the past 2 years spent teaching Literacy and English Language/Literature in addition to monitoring, recording, analysing and reporting on assessment data.

What was your very first job?

I worked as a Saturday Girl on the fruit and vegetable stand at ‘Presto Supermarket’ in Plymouth.  I earned £13.50 for the day – £5 of which I was made to give to my parents and £1.50 to my brother!  I still have a scar from chopping off the end of my fore-finger, when cutting a very tough melon!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love spending time with my children and grandchildren.  I do a lot of walking (with my fiancé) – mostly coastal as I love the sound of the sea.  We spend a lot of time on Cornwall beaches, and love camping – especially in Polzeath and Perranporth.  I am a very keen cook, which is useful as I am permanently on a diet!  I also love the theatre (musicals are my go-to) and can often be found at live music events/concerts.  Most recently, I have had a paddleboard lesson and was bought a board of my own as a present – so watch this space!  If you spot a beached whale… 😊

What do you see as your greatest achievements in life?

My children, without a doubt.  I have a 28yr-old son and a 26yr-old daughter.  They are both hard-working, sensible and successful – both were home-owners by the age of 20.  They earn more than I do (in professional roles), have bigger houses and better cars than mine.  A job well done!  I now have the additional delight of grandchildren, too!

Tell us some unusual things about you, that not everyone knows about.

I have 3 kidneys!  I have not ventured out of the house in 35yrs without makeup on – I just can’t do it to the world!  I performed a quick change – undressing James Crossley (Hunter from the Gladiators) on a Boxing Day afternoon – it was a tough gig, but someone had to do it! 

What was the first concert you ever attended?

‘Eternal’ at Westpoint in Exeter, when Louise was still a part of the group.  Wow – I am so old!

What are your 4 top musicals?

Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Moulin Rouge and Chicago.

Have you ever met any celebrities?

I worked with ‘Dick and Dom’ on a show called ‘Hoopla.’  I drank prosecco, chatted and shared a hospitality suite in the Apollo, Victoria Theatre with Gary Barlow, when I watched ‘Wicked.’  I have also worked alongside Britt Ekland, Brian Conley, Syd Little and James Crossley, amongst others, when chaperoning my daughter and others on-stage over the years.  We bumped into Gok Wan in Oxford St, and had a photo taken, too.

What are your pet hates?

Having my photo taken – my children say if I even went missing, they wouldn’t have a picture to give to the police.  Incorrect spelling and grammar.  Also ‘eggs’ because they are just evil and eggy!

If you could pick 4 dream dinner-party guests, who would they be and why?

Dominic Skinner, to discuss make-up tips.  Gok Wan, to dress me to impress.  Nancy Fuller, so we could swap recipes and Colin Firth – because he would like me…just the way I am!

Lastly…Quickfire questions:

Summer or Winter?  Definitely Summer.

Devon beaches or Cornwall beaches?  Cornwall every time.

Heels or flats?  Silly question – heels of course! Cakes or a pasty?  Get that steak, potato and swede heaven into my belly.

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