Spotlight on Sarah Fox
Sarah Fox is our international franchise manager. So she works closely with existing and prospective franchisees in Ireland and Australia. She tells us about her
professional background, secrets to success and what she’d love to do if she didn’t work.
Can you tell us a bit about your career?
My first full time role when I left school I worked in sales at a large department store. From there I managed a restaurant, and then became a receptionist in an office where I worked my way up to support the HR manager and MD.
I then left the role to progress my office career, taking on positions which included office management, operations management, HR and marketing. I studied with the CIPD along the way. I have worked with start-ups, SMEs and corporates. I relish a challenge and I have definitely had a few of those over the years. But that’s what drives me forward, as I love to succeed.
So what’s a typical day for you in the HR Dept head office?
Wow, what a question! I work with international franchisees in both Ireland and Australia, which is great fun. I deal with a variety of time zones, so I wake at 6am every day and am on emails right away. Calls with my Australian franchisees tend to start from 7am, and I usually make it into the office for about 9:30am. Here I support my Irish and Australian franchisees, and work on forming relationships with new partners and growing the awareness of our brand.
If you didn’t have to work, what would you love to be doing?
I adore animals and would really like to have a small holding where I could rescue a variety of animals. I’d care for the ones that no one wants: too old, disabled or difficult to look after. I would have loved to be a vet, but that came into my life too late to study and dedicate myself to, unfortunately.
What is your secret to success?
Communication, honesty and being organised are paramount for me. I believe that these things have made me good at what I do and led me to where I am today. I’m fortunate that I’m a people person, which has been a relevant quality throughout my career.