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Meet the Team – Sue Perring

Nov 3, 2021

What is your role at WDSEO?

I am the SEO & Operations Manager at WDSEO. I joined the team as the SEO Administrator in September 2021, when I initially concentrated on auditing/updating listings for our clients, in order to help their businesses to have a greater presence online and reach more prospective customers/clients.  I knew there was much more to the role. Over time, I have gained a wealth of experience in the art of SEO, and was promoted to my current role as SEO Executive in July 2022. I have been able to utilise my skills in the English language by researching and copywriting for whole websites, blogs and geopages. It never gets boring, as the work is varied – I have written websites for tree surgeons, a vet hospital, a furniture repair company and a motorhome hire company, to name but a few.

In July 2023, I was promoted once again, to SEO & Operations Manager. This involves managing projects, liaising with new clients and scheduling in the work amongst other tasks. I still write websites, in addition to looking after our current clients as their Account Manager – ensuring that their SEO is working for them, adding fresh content to their sites and monitoring the progress of their keywords etc. We don’t just build websites; the main aim is to convert clicks into leads, customers or sales for our clients and help to grow their businesses. There are too many other parts of my role to mention, but it’s safe to say that I love my job!

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 final 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 – 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 son and a 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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