Focus on Katy Johnston, Catering Manager, Tyntesfield
“I’ve worked in catering for 15 years, and half of this has been spent at management level. Working in catering really suits me – I like the fast-paced working environment and the fact that shift patterns vary so I have a flexible working week. I also like how sociable catering work is, both in terms of interacting with customers, and friendships that are formed within the team.
I began working here at the end of 2010 and before that I mainly worked for large commercial coffee shop brands. It was refreshing to have the opportunity to work for a company whose ethics I believed in, who see the same bigger picture as me. I love the fact I now contribute to the Trust’s commitment towards the environment, particularly local businesses, farmers and producers, and the people who work for them.
On a daily basis, working for the Trust suits me down to the beautiful ground I work in. I enjoy spending time with the people I work with, and I’m always learning new things on the job. It’s inspiring to know that my job has good prospects – there’s always scope to improve and go further. A well as role-specific training, I’ve already qualified as a First Aider (something I’ve always wanted to do) and I’ve also had fire extinguisher training. There have been plenty more training opportunities made available that I haven’t been able to make the most of yet, purely due to lack of time. I’m looking forward to getting more involved in the future as there’s a wealth of knowledge within the Trust.
There are so many different directions I can take my current role in, I don’t feel the need to try and progress onto another one within the organisation yet. I’m looking after three different outlets and we’re going to be opening two more in the near future. At the moment we do some functions, and I’m looking forward to extending this to weddings next year. I’m also hoping to expand the business and make the Cow Barn restaurant here at Tyntesfield a destination in its own right, which is really exciting. You’d be hard pushed to find a better work/life balance than at the National Trust, particularly in catering which is an industry renowned for its anti-social work hours. National Trust understand that you have a personal life, and when you’re at work you’re treated fairly and with respect”.