Monday, May 10, 2021

Time Out: Claire Hollingshurst, Quality Systems Manager at Lubrizol

The weekend is just around the corner and that means another ‘Time Out’. Here Business Link talks to Claire Hollingshurst, Quality Systems Manager at Lubrizol’s UK headquarters in Hazelwood.

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?

Shut my laptop down – a work-life balance is really important to me and this means that when I’m not at work I shut my laptop down and it doesn’t come back on until Monday morning. I’m also really fortunate that I am able to work a condensed working week, which means my weekends always start at the end of the day on Thursday. Having that extra day for my home life, family, and for me is great.

What is your hobby?

I love keeping fit and do lots of different activities, including martial arts. I have a Black Belt in karate and one in kickboxing from Burnett Academy and I attend Curves in Ilkeston too. It has been great during lockdown as both Curves and Burnett Academy have continued with Zoom, Facebook Live and also recorded workouts. Jigsaws have become a great pastime during lockdown too and I also collect crystals; my favourites are amethyst and fluorite.

What is your favourite movie?

This is a really tough question. I love lots of movies but I would have to say I am a big fan of action, adventure, science fiction movies with Marvel being my favourite collection of films. You can’t beat a great superhero film and I would be torn between Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?

I had always dreamed of going into forensics. I used to love crime dramas when I was younger and wanted to help solve the crimes. As I was completing the final year of my Master’s degree, which was a placement at Lubrizol, there weren’t any vacancies in forensics. I actually began applying for accountancy jobs, so I think that’s where I may have ended up if Lubrizol hadn’t offered me a role.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Being a big superhero/villain fan I really struggled with this question. There are so many amazing superpowers. I think I would ultimately choose super speed though. To be able to travel and see my family (they are a two hour drive away) at the drop of a hat would be amazing. I’d also be able to complete all the household tasks quickly and then have time to myself to do more fun things – that would be bliss!

What is your favourite genre of music?

I love lots of different types of music and for me it has to have a great rhythm to be able to dance to or some great lyrics to sing along to, so I am normally drawn to pop music. I enjoy listening to Queen, Abba, The Beatles, Oasis, Taylor Swift, The Stone Roses, Bruno Mars, Coldplay. Quite a mix really! I am also a big fan of musicals. The song that always makes me smile every time I hear it is Mr Blue Sky by ELO, but that could be due to the connection with Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?

I would love to travel back in time to see what it was really like for Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. I have watched a lot of period dramas over lockdown and to see what it was really like at a royal court would be fascinating. More importantly, I’d love to experience the challenges they faced as they ruled their countries, the politics, the battles for power, and to gain a true insight from their viewpoints would be amazing.

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