Getting to Know Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Continuing the series introducing some of our staff, here are some insights into Sarah Brown who joined us in September 2012 as a graduate trainee in our Applications Support team:

Q. How did you get into the software industry?
A. I applied for a job at Cromwell straight from University. They were advertising for a junior project manager but the applications support role was also available and that’s what I accepted.

Q. What do you most enjoy about working here?
A. It’s never boring. There are always new subjects to master and I love getting to grips with them.

Q. What have been the biggest challenges at Cromwell?
A. Learning Open-Retail. It’s a massive system and I am very conscious how little of it I know. Retail, too, is a complex industry – there is far more to selling consumer goods than I ever imagined.

Q. If you weren’t in your current role what would you choose to do?
A. I’d be a Forensic Psychologist with the Police. They profile offenders and provide guidance on interviewing witnesses, amongst other areas. I did a combined English Language & Communication and Psychology degree and loved the Psychology side. I got a First in the Forensics module. However, I had to be realistic – there are so few jobs in that field and I had to broaden my search for employment.

Q. How would you describe yourself?
A. Outgoing and chatty are probably the two attributes that spring to mind first! I also enjoy a challenge and work hard at whatever I take on.

Q. Who, or what, makes you laugh?
A. I love live stand-up and have seen both Jimmy Carr and Alan Carr live. Jon Richardson from 8 out of 10 Cats is a favourite, too.

Q. Anything about yourself you’d like to change?
A. I can be impulsive and that’s got me into hot water on a few occasions.

Q. Favourite food and drink?
A. Indian food washed down with Archers and lemonade would hit the spot every time.

Q. Biggest regret?
A. Not taking a pure Psychology degree. I didn’t enjoy the English side at all, and doing the combined honours made it very unlikely I could get into Forensic Psychology after I graduated.

Q. If you ruled the world for a day what would you do?
A. Stop all war and conflict. Then everyone might realise global peace is a great idea.

Q. What’s your pet hate?
A. Other people snoring! It’s a small thing, but so, so horrible to listen to.

Q. What’s your greatest achievement to date?
A. Getting my degree.

Q. Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
A. My Dad. He brought up me and my two older brothers from when I was just ten, holding down a full-time job as well. He’s a wonderful role model.

Q. Who or what would you consign to Room 101?
A. The Go Compare ad campaign. Everything about it sets my teeth on edge.

Q. All-time favourite TV programme?
A. Eastenders. It’s pure escapism, full of drama, and makes me count my blessings because every character in it has such a horrible life.

Q. What’s your favourite piece of kit?
A. My Samsung Galaxy S2.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
A. Hopefully at Cromwell, but wherever I am I hope to have a settled career in which I can make a real difference.

Q. Surfing or Safari?
A. Safari – it would be a dream to go on one. I’m not a great one for the sea, so surfing doesn’t appeal at all.

Q. What surprises you?
A. Usually one of my older brothers. One of them once hid in my wardrobe for an hour just so he could jump out and scare me witless. It’s a miracle I don’t have a wardrobe phobia.

Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
A. I play badminton, though I couldn’t say I have a great talent for it. I’m double-jointed, so could maybe try being an escapologist if all else fails.

Q. If you were stranded on a desert island who would you most want to land on the beach?
A. Adam Levine, the front man of Maroon 5. He’s not just a musical talent – he’s also campaigned for all sorts of causes such as LGBT rights, ADHD and cancer and I really admire that he’s using his influence for good. Fingers crossed, I’m seeing them play next year.