Me & My Job - Claire Harley, regional manager, Headland Amenity

Claire Harley, regional manager, Headland Amenity - image: HW
Claire Harley, regional manager, Headland Amenity - image: HW

What does your typical day involve?
I'm up early at 5-6am and on the road to the first customer by 8am. Meetings are prearranged throughout the day, as are most site visits, such as to golf courses and football pitches. Once there, I'll discuss how the programme is going, diagnose any problems - look at soil or disease analysis - make recommendations on products to use and then return home to send emails, reports and process orders.

How did you get started in the industry?
I studied commercial horticulture in Ireland and started work on nurseries growing commercial crops, pot plants and so on. I moved to the Ministry of Agriculture doing trial work, which led me to becoming a technical representative for Fisons.

What advice would you give to others starting out?
Get qualified - and make sure you have a real interest in greenkeeping, soil sciences or groundsmanship.

What is the best part of your job?
Meeting people, getting great results for customers and being out and about in some beautiful places.

And the worst?
Getting up at 5-6am every day is no fun and ploughing through paperwork can be a chore.

What has been your greatest achievement?
Being recognised in the industry as someone who will give good, sound advice.

How do you wind down after a hard day?
Keeping fit. I love working out and pumping iron. I like music, too - a bit of piano and guitar - as well as meeting up with friends and family.

What does the future hold?
I'll continue to build the business for Headland Amenity, strengthening relationships with customers and enjoying every day.


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