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what do the shipshape team do?

We make sure the Barns run smoothly. We get involved in everything from the plumbing and IT, to making sure guests have a great experience in the Barns, and creating a creative, innovative and fun place to work.

Meet Emma B

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I started in the Keeping Families Happy team (Customer Care) as a contractor + quickly realised that I didn’t want to leave, when the Making the Barns Run Smoothly opportunity came up, I knew I had to apply for it + was lucky enough to be offered the role. The unique, values driven culture makes you feel like you are part of a big family. We do so much not only in the Barns (weekly lunches, pamper days + there is always the chance to embrace fancy dress days) but also in the local community with our make a difference days.

a little background please, what do you do day to day at Ella’s Kitchen?

My job is all about making sure that everyone in + around the Barns is happy + healthy. I take care of all the fun, super exciting bits including Health + Safety, IT, Car Parking tours + being Green around the Barns. I’m also one of Ella’s Mental Health First Aiders which means I’m always on hand to have a cuppa or go for a walk with anyone that fancies having a chat or wants a listening ear.

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"Ella’s allows me to be me, I have been at the Barns now for 3 years + absolutely love it."


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what did you want to be when you grew up?

I grew up on a farm so always had aspirations of becoming a Vet + continuing my idyllic life of being outdoors + at one with nature. The reality of how hard this was going to be, hit me when I was at school so I changed direction + decided I would go + study Marine Biology at St. Andrews University. On graduating, my passion for travelling kicked in + I spent time in various countries immersing myself in the different cultures + learning lots along the way. After a while I thought I should probably return to the UK + start earning some money. I have worked in a variety of different sectors including IT, Apprenticeship, Utilities + most recently the world of FMCG.

a huge hello from the shipshape team

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Working at Ella's

We know that happy, healthy people do the best work so we work reeeally hard to be a tip-top employer focussing on understanding the whole person.

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about ella’s kitchen

Meet the people who make the magic happen everyday at Ella’s Kitchen