Spotlight On… Rachel Chowdhury

Hi Rachel, let’s start with work; what does a ‘normal’ day constitute for you?

Getting up at 5am and getting myself then my 3-year-old son ready for the day ahead. When I leave him with his childminder, I like to walk to work to wake up properly, clear my head and prepare for work. I usually try to go to the gym for an hour a day either after work or in the evening then settle down on the sofa with my son to watch Fireman Sam and Masterchef.

How long have you been with the company?

Only a week so far!

When you were a child, what job did you want to do?


Work in silence or with music, background chatter and noise?

Music, background chatter and noise

What’s your greatest moment working here so far?

It’s too early to say yet! Meeting everyone who works here has been lovely

What’s your drink of choice while you’re working?


And when you’re not working?


Name the best place you’ve ever visited.

An old, traditional restaurant in a Riad on the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco

And how about the place that’s currently top of your ‘to visit’ list?

The golden triangle, India

If you have the choice between staying in and going out, which do you normally choose and what do you normally do?

Going out with friends for food and cocktails

What’s the one talent you have that people in your office are unaware of?

I have had a lot of self-defence training

What would your ‘Desert Island’ disc, film and book be?

Disc – A feel-good compilation of party music
Film – Moulin Rouge to sing along to
Book – The lovely bones by Alice Seabold

Do you prepare well in advance or are you a ‘last minute’ person?

ALWAYS prepare

Who’d play you in the film of your life?

Jennifer Lawrence because she’s as clumsy as I am!

DIY or call an expert?

Luckily, my oldest friend is an expert

If you had to compete at the Olympics, in any event, real or fake, what would you choose?

Do you ‘do’ Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? Are they useful?

Yes, I do social media. Social media is a fantastic resource and gives you a much better understanding of the views and beliefs of the people in the world

Physical book or e-book? Do you still buy a paper? Which one?

Physical book on holiday, e-book at home. I don’t buy a physical paper, I use the BBC News app on my phone

On a scale of 1-10, 1 being ‘not at all’, how clued up on technology do you feel you are?

8 – 9