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I was keen to join ODEON when I left university as I loved films and was excited by the graduate scheme, which promised moves around the country and great management experience. In 1996 I joined as a Trainee General Manager, which gave me the opportunity to work in 10 cinemas over an 18 month period learning about the business and developing my own skills.
I was first appointed to a General Manager position at Norwich in 1998 and went on to progress through a number of cinemas including opening one of our biggest cinemas in Kingston in 2002. I then was promoted to a Regional Manager position in 2005 looking after 20 cinemas and then moved up to the Area Manager role in 2010, where I looked after 60 cinemas across the UK and Ireland.
More recently I worked in our Support Office as the Head of Operational Transformation designing new ways of running our cinemas, which ultimately led to be becoming the Operations Director in 2015, responsible for the strategy and management of our UK cinema estate. Next up for me is a move to HR Director, which is an exciting opportunity to work in a new field and help engage all of our teams.