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Jo Bruce
Jo Bruce
18th Jan 2021

Team Question Challenge - Sophie Roberts

Sophie Roberts, Versantus' Project and Office Manager takes on the Team Question Challenge.

She's a big fan of Gardener's World, but she wouldn't want to meet Monty Don via Zoom! She'd go for cheese over a dessert any day, but would settle for a lockdown takeaway from the local at the end of a busy week...

Meet our Project and Office Manager - Sophie Roberts.

Question: What is your favourite film or series?

A: Hmmm, tricky.  My most enduring favourite has to be Gardeners World.  The year has truly started when Gardeners World is back on the telly again.  It’s a sign that Spring is coming and the days are getting longer.  I have a love/hate relationship with the ‘jobs for the weekend’ segment though.

Q: What is the best bit of your job?

A: My favourite bit of my job is organising little treats for the team, like posting out surprise chocolates to cheer people up at home during lockdown.

Q: If you could start again and had to do something else, what would it be?

A:  I’d go for something that involves working with design and colour.  I love combining plant colours and foliage and the intricacies of planning a garden to look good all year round, so I would probably design gardens and landscapes.  

Q: What is your favourite pudding?

A:  Cheese

Q: Has the coronavirus pandemic changed how you see the world?

A:  Definitely. The way that someone’s job, business or health can disappear overnight has been a big lesson for me in not taking what I have for granted.  The sheer creativity of the last 12 months as people have reconfigured their businesses and their lives has made me feel more positive about the future - we’ve shown ourselves that we can do things differently if there is a pressing enough reason.

Q: If you had to recommend a pub or restaurant in Oxfordshire, what would it be and why? 

A:  The Oxford Arms in Kirtlington.  The food is delicious and they’ve started doing takeaways which is heaven on a Friday night after a long week (restaurant quality food but no need to dress up).  My favourites are the sea bass with lemon oil, and the prawn and monkfish curry.

Q: If it was in the name of pleasure – would it be car, bicycle, walk, run, swim?

A: Walking.  I go for a walk most mornings before work either around the streets where we live, or along the canal towpath. It’s been a really nice way to start the day compared with my pre-COVID routine of sitting in a traffic jam, and I feel like I’ve got a bit of exercise in for the day.  

Q: You can invite three guests from any time in history to join you on a Zoom call. Who would they be and why?

A: No more zoom, please!  I can’t help but feel it would be a really disappointing way to meet your heroes.  Maybe I am just zoomed-out?

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