Q&A: Heather Davies, finance director, Fuller Davies
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Heather retired in mid-April, having worked at Ipswich-based Fuller Davies since the firm’s inception some “35-plus years ago”. Her retirement plans include “spending special time with my three grandchildren”, quite possibly while listening to some classic ’70s pop.
Why did you get into printing?
Sequence of events. Got married, husband’s boss dies, made redundant all in the same week
What would be your dream job?
Backing singer for Shirley Bassey
What is your dream bit of kit?
Pallet wrapper – not hard to get
What would you most like to print?
What is your favourite film?
Mary Poppins, ET and Brief Encounter
Have you taken up any new hobbies during the various lockdowns?
I have taken to ‘paint by numbers’ and am loving the rest that it gives my mind
Who or what do you hate the most?
Liars, thieves and cheats. We all work so hard to get what we have. Also having an issue with spelling and grammar
Who do you admire most in the industry?
My business partners past and present. Kevin Davies for his incredible vision, hard work and enthusiasm. Neil Stones and the late James Robinson for breathing new life into Fuller Davies 13 years ago, and with the same ethics we had
What is your favourite album?
Jackie Magazine the Album
What is your greatest luxury in life?
Chanel No. 5
What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?
Selling scratch cards in a kiosk at Butlin’s holiday camp
What is your greatest ambition?
To live long and stay healthy
What’s your greatest fear?
Heights – would love to go in a helicopter but…
What piece of kit would you like to see invented?
A PC-operated, desktop laser-printer that prints envelopes, quickly
Where would you like to be right now?
What’s your worst fashion disaster?
A shell suit – purple and pink
Where would you go if you could time-travel?
Back to 1979 when I was 18 and to spend more time with family who have since passed away
What was your childhood obsession?
What is the worst kind of print?
Jobs that do not dry
What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off?
Buying the factory
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
How would you like to be remembered?
Kind, honest and funny
Fleeting and not to be taken for granted