Diana Davies

Diana Davies

Warrington

So much of what we do is about helping and supporting what happens on site. We work will all the different teams and departments – while they have their specialities, we look after everyone.

Diana makes sure that #TeamScience is well fed and ready to change the world! And she is proud to be part of it…

What do you do in your job?

I run the catering team at Daresbury Laboratory. This means I look after training and recruitment in the kitchen, and ensure the team has the opportunity to develop.

I develop new business by working with our partners across the site to increase sales and create new opportunities. I also play a role in writing the menus.

If you had to summarise the impact your job has on everyday life – what would you say in two sentences?

We work hard to provide an efficient service for the people on site, making sure there is food ready when they need it. We think about what they want, and what they might need for events and meetings, and work hard to deliver it.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The variety – this is a big site so although we have our regular customers, we also see different people every day. Whether there is an event or a meeting, every day is different.

How does your job support the people and the science that happens on site?

So much of what we do is about helping and supporting what happens on site. We work will all the different teams and departments – while they have their specialities, we look after everyone.

We are service. If people don’t get their lunch it has a knock-on effect on everyone else on site. When visitors come to the campus for a workshop or meeting, we represent the site and the work done here. One of the days we really enjoyed recently was the open day, when we had businesses and schools and families visiting. We got to find out so much about the science and work that is being done.

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What is it like working in a facility like Daresbury?

It’s fantastic – some days are very busy, but it’s brilliant. People around site are really supportive of what we do, and we have a good working relationship with people around site. I have never worked anywhere like it.

What did you study at school?

I went to college to do catering, and my background is as a chef. Then I retrained as a catering manager, specialising in visitor and contract catering.

What advice would you have for people wanting a job like yours?

  • You have to have a passion for food, and for your customers. We have taken on apprentices, with no training or knowledge, but with passion for food. In a few years, they were capable of looking after the kitchen and managing the food because they had incredible passion for what they were doing
  • We work together – it’s really a partnership in the kitchen, and with the other people on campus. We have to work with people’s timings and budgets, making sure that if they need food and refreshments we can deliver them. Even if we get a last minute request, we very rarely say ‘no, we can’t do that’ – we work with them to see what we can do. It’s about supporting the site and making it the best it can be
  • When it comes to cookery, science is a big part of what happens in the kitchen – pay attention and think about the reactions and processes that make cakes rise, chocolate melt and food taste delicious!

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