Meet Iona, she’s our Regional Sales Manager and the face of Crieff Hydro when it comes to meetings and events.
Her career started out in one of the world’s biggest waterparks (Typhoon Lagoon, Disneyworld, Florida, to be exact). Once she graduated university, she worked as a receptionist at Hilton Hotels, before working her way up to sales where she found her passion.
Our Iona loves an adventure, and she’s set to embark on one involving wedding bells soon. But don’t let us tell you everything you need to know about Iona, let’s hear it from the lady herself…
If you had to be a on a reality TV show, but you were skint regardless, which one would you choose?
Gogglebox – I’d just get to sit and watch TV. And I hear they provide you with complimentary snacks. Why wouldn’t you?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten?
Chicken Feet, in Thailand. I got a bit too into ‘eating like the locals’ on my first trip to South East Asia. I wouldn’t recommend, definitely the weirdest thing I’ve ever tried.
Tell us about your most recent adventure?
I decided I wanted to cycle the length of the Outer Hebrides (where I’m from) and I took a couple of friends along for the journey. The route is 187 miles in total, across nine islands from Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis. Getting to show my friends the island where I was brought up was definitely the highlight.
But it wasn’t all plain sailing. On day two we were hit with gale force winds and the realisation that we had to complete 50 miles with cancelled ferry sailings. It took some amount of determination to finish, particularly when one of my friends was blown off her bike and down an embankment, thankfully unharmed! After that we decided to call it a day, and the next morning we got up at sunrise, got our heads down, and pedalled. It was all worth it in the end when we saw the lighthouse at the Butt of Lewis in the distance. The one thing that got me through was knowing our parents were there waiting for us – with a bottle of champagne!
Would you rather be a human sized cat or a cat sized human?
Human sized cat, I’d terrify everyone.
What’s been your most difficult job?
During my time at University I took a 1 year placement to work at Disneyworld Florida as a lifeguard (I know, sounds like a holiday, right?). It was the hardest job I’ve ever done. Working in one of the world’s biggest waterparks (Typhoon Lagoon) for 12 hour shifts, in scorching heat, and I had to jump in the water on a daily basis!
What’s in your fridge right now?
I’m big on eating clean mid-week so my fridge always looks healthy at the beginning of the week. A lot of vegetables. If you want me to be specific – salad, courgettes, carrots, parsnips, broccoli, chilli. I’m shreddin’ for the weddin’.
Tell us about the “run in the dark” that you organise?
Four years ago, I got involved with a charity called the Mark Pollock Trust. I volunteered to set up a ‘pop-up’ running event in Edinburgh, along with a friend. Over 150 runners participate every year and it’s called ‘Run in the Dark’. It’s a community event which aims to raise money and awareness for spinal cord injury. Everyone gets a flashing armband and they run either a 5k or 10k route around Arthur’s Seat.
If you could witness one event of the past, present or future, which would it be?
I would go back to find out what came first, the chicken or the egg? Then I could come back and answer what everyone has always wondered.
If you were invisible for the day, what would you do?
Probably head to Buckingham Palace, see what the Queen was up to and live like a Royal for the day.
If you could describe working here in three words, what would they be?
Rewarding, challenging, exciting.