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Welcome to another instalment of our monthly Spotlight feature – a chance for the readers to get to know the Active IQ team better. This month, we talk to our Head of Business Development Laura Sheasby, to find out more about her role, discover what motivates her and ask her for any valuable advice she would like to share with us.

Laura Sheasby, Head of Business Development

Q. Tell us about your role at Active IQ, how long have you worked here and what you most enjoy?

A. I have been with Active IQ for almost two and a half years and this is undoubtedly the best job I have ever had. I joined the team as a Business Development Manager before taking on the role of Head of Business Development last year.

I really enjoy working with the team in the achievement of our goals and targets and I love getting out and about to meet our customers, building relationships and helping them to grow their business with us. It’s great to work for an organisation that plays a key role in improving the health, wellbeing and lives of other people. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Q. What advice can you give people who aspire to be where you are?

A. It depends what you mean by “where I am” and whether people aspire to that! However, I apply the same useful principle to all aspects of my life, both personal and professional, which is; When things look like a bit of a challenge or a struggle, acknowledge your fears, smile and crack on. You will be surprised what you can do.

Q. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A. A vet. But then I realised I didn’t like to see animals suffer and anyway, I didn’t try hard enough in my science lessons. In later years, I have often regretted not training as a midwife.

Q. Tell us something we would never guess about you?
A. When I was 17, I won the sixth form common room table football championship. One of the most proud moments of my life!

Q. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
A. A few years ago, a very special person gave me a quote from Nelson Mandela and I carry it around with me everywhere I go. It is very versatile and can be applied to so many things of varying scales and proportions.
“Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear”

Q. Which exercise do you most enjoy?
A. Standard stuff really. I enjoy a bit of running, walking in the Peak District which is close to where I live in Sheffield and group exercise classes at the gym. I also like talking!

Q. Any hidden talents?
A. As above, Table Football. Also I’m able to make delicious strawberry jam to complement my very lovely victoria sandwich cakes.

Q. How would people describe you in three words?
A. Optimistic, hardworking and supportive.