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StopGap Consultant

Sally Black


The Serious Bit

Following obtaining an History Degree from the University of Kent, Sally spent 15 years in the retail sector as a buyer/manager, mainly with Laura Ashley, which she loved, and Selfridges on Oxford Street. Eventually she got tired of the commute so changed direction completely and worked in a local school as a teaching assistant with a view to going on to teacher training but quickly realised she didn’t particularly like working with children! Sally eventually came to Stopgap as a Receptionist to fill in while she had a rethink on what to do next and she's still here 7 years later, working from Mondays to Wednesdays. 

Sally's career highlight was helping to open a brand new Laura Ashley Home Furnishing store in Kingston. She planned layout and stock levels, helped design the room sets and decorate, hired and trained new staff plus much more. There was even a resident ghost whom the team there befriended (the building they were in was originally a 16th century inn)!

The Fun Bit

When I was little I wanted to be…

..a nurse because I liked the uniform and the little nurse’s watch brooch they used to wear! But my plans were scuppered when I visited my Mum in hospital and I realised I couldn’t stand the sight of blood…. I passed out.

My first ever job was…

...frying breakfasts for postmen early in the mornings, whiIst I was a student. Shortly afterwards I became a vegetarian and the smell of frying bacon still makes me nauseous!

The most daring thing I’ve ever done is…

...I am claustrophobic (never get in a lift with me!) and I once spent a long time persuading myself to descend the steepest, narrowest, darkest tunnel imaginable to visit one of the Pyramids on a trip to Egypt. I’m glad I did it but I  never want to do it again!

In my spare time you can find me…

...in hiking boots, with binoculars and a rucksack, walking with my husband and our dog somewhere quiet in the countryside.

The brand I am most passionate about is…

 ...Apple because of their clever advertising campaigns! They have managed to make me desire the products even though I’m not sure that I actually need them.