You may have noticed that recently, we’ve been on the hunt for a Commercial Services Coordinator to join our fast-growing commercial services team!

It’s good news; our hunt is over!

We’re pleased to welcome Olivia O’Connell, who has come to us immediately off the back of working at MIF 2019. Now that she’s safe and settled in her natural environment, we felt it was high time to get to know a bit about her.

Olivia O’Connell, Commercial Services Coordinator

So…where are you from? 

I’m from Barnet in North London, the epitome of suburbia.

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Ooh, that sounds wonderful… what was your first-ever job?

I worked in the café of our local leisure centre during my A-Levels. I made and served chicken nuggets and chips for kids who went swimming after school, and sandwiches and salads for the mums and dads.

What are your passions or hobbies outside of work? 

I like going to the gym for a peaceful moment or two, and travelling the UK in search of industrial and people’s history. I visited Sheffield for the first time last New Year and I can’t wait to go back.

Sheffield from the Attercliffe Road as it appeared c1819. Drawn by E. Blore; engraved by G. Cooke. Copyright: Wikimedia Commons

Do you have any fears?

Heights – it doesn’t matter how many times I attempt to scale the Eiffel tower, I’m still petrified! Lifts are also no fun for me, so ground floor flats and bungalows are heaven.

What makes you smile? 

The first hug with my mum when I walk through her front door. I’m a good 8/9 inches taller than her and it’s still the most comforting thing in the world.

Is there a motto you go by, or a quote that you love? 

Very simply: “you win or you learn” I first heard Kanye West say it in an interview about 10 years ago, which was at the start of my adulthood and it’s always stuck with me. If life doesn’t feel like it’s going my way, I know there is always something to improve and learn.

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Have you seen any live art recently that you enjoyed, or that moved you? 

The most affecting piece of art I’ve recently experienced was Fatty Fat Fat by Katie Greenall at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe. It confronted labels, society’s attitude to our bodies and how you can identify as fat and be happy. She’s a stunning spoken word artist and her show really moved me. Plus, it was really funny and she created a great atmosphere too.