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Meet The Team


The staff team at the Newark Beacon are an important part of our service. To help you get to know them better we have asked each team member to write a little profile of themselves – click the links to find out more. Say ‘hi’ to them when you see them around the centre and remember – they are here to help you so please feel free to raise any questions or concerns.

We also love your feedback – any comments you have – please do let us know.

  • BeckyI look after the day to day running of the centre, making sure everything runs smoothly so that our customers can grow and expand successfully. The fact that we have a Business Coach is such an exciting prospect. I am passionate about providing our customers with the best possible service.

    I have previously worked for over a decade in the retail industry including managing a store for the last 6 years and bring with me a wealth of customer service experience.

    I love spending time with friends and family, I rarely have a free weekend! I enjoy trying new restaurants of which Newark has plenty! I also enjoying baking and trying new recipes.

  • AmandaI have worked in customer service all of my working life, whether it be as a Waitress or Office Manager, I am passionate about providing the best possible support I can to all clients. I have 6+ years of experience in administration, operations and facilities and really enjoy keeping things running smoothly and efficiently.

    In my free time I love to socialise or curl up with a good book.   

    I am excited to be joining the team here at Newark Beacon and look forward to getting my teeth into the role.

  • DS PortraitFrom leaving school, I embarked upon a career in banking, in the days when you covered all jobs from office junior working up to Business Manager.  In 2002 I decided I needed a new challenge and have been helping businesses to start, grow and prosper ever since.  My role within Oxford Innovation is to help the businesses within our Nottinghamshire Centres to maximize their opportunities and achieve their aims and goals.

    Running a business, large or small can be a lonely place and I firmly believe that an impartial and independent “sounding board” is critical in providing a business with a strategic direction and helps to set realistic, achieveable objectives.  Previous projects I have managed and delivered have included mentoring and coaching support as well as helping businesses with practical issues including identifying and finding new customers, and accessing grant funding.

    What I love about this job is that no two days are the same; every business is very individual with it’s own challenges, and there is a tremendous “buzz” from seeing a business reach that next level of success.  I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have met some wonderful people with exciting business ideas, many of whom remain friends long after the support meetings.

    Outside of work, earlier hobbies such as marathon running and playing football have now given way to walking, cycling and watching football.  I’ve held a season ticket with Sheffield Wednesday for 35 years now, through bad times and worse, but we live in hope!  I also enjoy cooking and baking and whilst friends have suggested I apply for the Great British Bake – Off, believe me when I say that the café have nothing to fear!

    I’m looking forward to meeting all the businesses in the Centres, but if you see me around, or in the café, come and say hello – I would love to have an informal chat and see how I can help your business!   Alternatively you can contact me on the details below:

    Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone 07436 108404

  • DSC 7007 Edit   CopyI’ve just finished studying English Literature, History and Politics at A Level and am glad to be working at Newark Beacon to gain experience and an insight into business. In the past I’ve worked as a farm hand, waitress and egg packer.

    I really enjoy working at Newark Beacon because the team has a great sense of humour and a caring attitude- which has made settling in to my first proper job very easy. The diversity of my role means I’m always learning new skills and talking to different people; I love adapting and facing new challenges every day.

    On weekends I help out on the family vegetable stall and in my spare time I’m a host for Radio Newark. I also volunteer for the Talking Newspaper and am part of my local Young Farmers Club. I love reading, watching films and travelling around the country to beautiful houses and beaches as part of the National Trust (I’m probably not the coolest teenager!).  

    If I didn’t work here I would probably be training to become a broadcaster- the dream is to be on the BBC Breakfast Sofa one day.

    I would love to meet Nick Robinson and hear about all the people he’s interviewed or George Ezra, whose music I love listening to whilst I’m driving.

    My favourite film would have to be Pitch Perfect or any Disney/Pixar films- I’m slowly converting my VHS collection to DVD!

  • Sheron LambertHello – I’m the one behind the counter serving up the goodies.

    I’m responsible for cooking, cleaning, ordering stock, cash handling, and supervising other members of staff. I worked in other cafes and a few bars before I came here, and have my NVQ Kitchen Services qualification.

    This is a lovely and friendly company to work for, and I really enjoy meeting new people every day.

    At home, baking and gardening are how I spend much of my spare time.

    Favourite website - Facebook

    All time favourite film - I just love kids films because I'm a kid at heart!
  • Kim HallamMy roles are varied but centre on our catering, from food preparation to ordering stock and conference catering.

    I was a sales assistant before I came here, but I love the atmosphere and all the great people I’m now working with. I’ve also qualified in Basic Food Hygiene since joining the team.

    When I knock-off it’s time for my daughter and to exercise. I also manage the odd trip to the cinema. If I didn’t work here I would love to be a fitness instructor.

    Favourite website – Forever 21

    Favourite song – Mr Brightside by The Killers – it’s always a good excuse to dance like no-one’s watching!

  • Mick DringI really enjoy my job here, which is mainly to do with maintenance of the building – it’s a big change from my previous two jobs of postman and newsagent! One of the best things is that I get to meet some very nice people.

    In my time off I’m a big scooter fan and also enjoy a spot of fishing.

    Favourite website – Worksop Mod Appreciation Society

    Favourite film – Quadrophenia (we are the mods!)