TFI - Carolyn Mandache

TFI - Carolyn Mandache

 8 Jun 2018

What is your name?
Carolyn Mandache
 
What do you do for a living in 10 words?
Lead a great team and strategize our business development.
 
Where do you currently reside?
Cumbernauld, just outside Glasgow
 
  1. Tell us what your typical day at work looks like?
There’s not really a typical day for me! I prioritize and work through my to-do list, follow up on opportunities, build up my network and ensure the team have the support they need in a good working environment. Then it’s home to my other important role as “mum”.
 
  1. What has been the best piece of advice you have received so far in your career?
No one is born a leader and there are many different types of leaders.
 
  1. What would you want to tell your 20-year-old self-knowing what you know now?
​To be more confident and realise how much you can achieve if you put your mind to it.
 
  1. What would you class as your biggest achievement so far?
On a personal level, becoming guardian to two amazing nieces and raising 4 happy, healthy children. In business, working with my husband to build a team and develop an amazing new concept for dining out.
 
  1. Have there been any people in your career that have influenced or inspired you?
I have worked with a business coach called Linda McBride who is excellent at keeping people motivated and seeing problems or challenges in a different light. I’ve also had fantastic support from Entrepreneurial Spark and now, the RBS accelerator program.
 
  1. Who did you idolise when growing up?
I was in the Kylie Minogue fan club, and hers was the first concert I ever went to. I loved her music but never copied the hotpants!
 
  1. What memories do you have of your first ever job?
At school I had a weekend job at a bakery where I was the youngest member of staff and referred to as “chookie hen”.
 
  1. If you could invite anyone (dead or alive) for dinner who would you invite?
Michael McIntyre as I find him very funny and his anecdotes about family life are so relatable. I would hope that he’d arrive with his original style of skipping.
 
  1. Tell us something about yourself that not many people would know?
I met my husband and co-founder of our business in Spain (at a foam party), this year we’ll be married 17 years; proof that holiday romances can last.

 

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