Harriet Boatwright

Sales and Marketing Manager

Harriet Boatwright

What are your areas of expertise?

With the University being 111 years old it is difficult to ever say you are an expert in the mechanics of such a vast and wise organisation but one of our my areas of enjoyment is in with engaging the Academic community and working with them to promote the University on a local, national and international stage.

Large scale international conferences are true frequenters of the University venue portfolio and we in the sales team are often the first port of call, and a consistent support from the initial enquiry to the final feedback.  As a team we are passionate about our commitment to ensuring the success of our events, large or small, and this commitment is mirrored through all our colleagues in the delivery of such activities.

City focus.  When we promote our facilities we are often not only promoting the facilities, but the City in which we are based.  I make it my business to understand and support the City offer, and to communicate this to our prospective conference organisers and delegates.  Where appropriate we would work with the City on offers, and relevant activities to ensure that delegates and organisers receive a warm city welcome.

What’s your earliest memory?

I think I was about 5 and I had decided to run away from home. I can’t now remember why but I would imagine I was completely justified! I left my house with a little red leather over the shoulder bag and a pair of knickers and set off on my adventure. It is amazing what you think as a five year old is essential to your survival! My adventures took me to our garage, 1 door down. The grand finale to the story however is that I eventually got hungry and went home!

If you could pass a new law, what would it be and why?

That you had to say good morning to the bus driver. I am a long term commuter, travelling around 3 hours a day to get to work.  I use the car, the train and often the bus. I know as a commuter it is easier, and often preferable, to keep your head down and stay in your own personal bubble until you hit the decks at work but I made a resolution to acknowledge and thank those people that get me to work every day. I think it is easy to forget as a commuter that the people helping to get you from A to B are actually already at work and I like to think that the odd ‘hello’ or ‘thanks’ goes some way to making it worthwhile!

What would be your X Factor audition song?

Well, my karaoke song is Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’. Although nowadays I am sure a 9 to 5 role would be a godsend for many! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not necessarily the message of the song that I buy into but it is that little bit of ‘Dolly Magic’. Dolly always seems so happy and at one with her choices and her message. Her Glastonbury set last year was just phenomenal!

What would you like to consign to room 101?

Sky Sports. People say that there is a soundtrack to your life; Sky Sports is mine, unofficially. It provides an unsolicited backdrop most days, evenings and weekends.  I know it is important to acknowledge and embrace your loved ones interests, but Sky Sports is just a step too far!

What’s your biggest vice?

Big Tesco’s, Bradford. It just screams for me to spend money, and often to lose hours of my day filtering through things I never needed but always wanted.

When were you happiest?

If I am really honest I would probably say now, retrospect is a wonderful thing but actually I have learnt to try and appreciate what I have in the moment. A bit coy I know but actually I watched an interesting TED talk recently and it has taught me to self-check myself a bit more. Perspective can be a real saviour on a day to day basis. I have a challenging and enjoyable job role, and I get real value from the work that I do, and that we do as a team. I am also lucky to share my life with two beautiful children, 2 and 4, and my husband.