Laura Barry, Facilities Supervisor, Inverness Airport
How long have you been in your current role?
I have been in my current role for 8 months but have been with Inverness Airport for 1 year and 8 months.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I initially liked the idea of a career in Graphic Design, and I went to the University of Abertay Dundee to study Visual Communication and Media Design.
After university I interviewed for the role of Terminal Duty Officer with CBRE, who are contracted to HIAL to fulfil the Facilities Management of Inverness Airport. Nearly a year later an opportunity to interview for the role of Facilities Supervisor opened which I applied for and was successful.
What are your main responsibilities in your current role?
My main responsibilities in this role are to support and assist the contractors with the maintenance and management of the building and its services, supervise the customer service aspect of the Information Desk and ensure we are Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE) compliant at all times.
I really love the airport and the environment here so hope to continue building my confidence and experience and assisting with the continued success and development of Inverness Airport.
Are there any particular challenges?
No one day at the airport is the same and each day brings new challenges and opportunities to work through which is what I enjoy most about the role.
What do you love about your job at HIAL…
The diversity and range of fellow employees and passengers that you meet every day is one of the perks of the job.
The only downside is…
Watching passengers fly off every day all over the world!
What would you say to someone who wanted to work in your role?
If you’re looking for a fast-paced and challenging environment then it is definitely the place for you.
How do you spend your time outside of work?
Yoga currently occupies a lot of my time, and walking and playing with my dogs. We recently acquired a motorhome so I also love to go away on the weekend and park up by a beach on the coast and enjoy the scenery.
I’m an avid moviegoer so visit the cinema in Inverness on a regular basis. Probably my most favourite thing to do is to meet up with friends from my home town, Alness, and take a walk down to our local pub to socialise.
What are your recommendations for someone visiting Inverness or the area?
I love to go down to Nairn beach which is a stone’s throw away from my house. I recently took a speedboat around Loch Ness – on a day we had gorgeous sunshine – and it was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed and would do again in a heartbeat!