Meet Jo Priestley, Administration Manager at Woodley BioReg

We’re a great team at Woodley BioReg, with some really diverse skills and talents – and we each fulfil a unique role.  Today, we’re getting to know administration manager, Jo Priestley and finding out a little more about her, at work and in life generally.

Can you summarise your role in one paragraph?

To support the backroom operations across a portfolio of projects and activities to ensure the smooth running of WBR HQ.

What’s the best part of your job?

The satisfaction gained from knowing that what we have delivered is of the highest quality and to our clients’ satisfaction.

What was your journey to Woodley BioReg?

After completing A Levels, I worked at Barclays Bank for over 15 years, undertaking various lending roles before later moving into HR. I then moved on to West Yorkshire Police, where I spent time in the control room, before yet again finding myself back in the HR field.

I have more recently worked for a busy international accountancy practice in Sheffield before Joining Woodley BioReg in January 2021.

What would you like to achieve at work in the next 12 months?

Continue to gain a thorough knowledge of the business and ensure we practice what we preach.

Can you describe what life is like at Woodley BioReg?

Really interesting and varied, being able to be involved in lots of different projects – no two days are the same.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A teacher or midwife.

Share an interesting fact about you that not many people know.

I used to be a brownie guide leader.

How do you switch off while away from work?

I enjoy reading, baking and walking.

Tell us five places you love to visit – whether they are geographical locations, eateries, attractions, shops or anything else! (Let’s assume pandemic restrictions do not apply).

Any open countryside for scenic walks, visiting friends in Spain, good restaurants with friends and family, as well as the Gulf coast of Florida and Disney – both of which are family favourites for holidays.

What’s one great piece of wisdom you’ve learned in work or in life?

Treat others how you would like to be treated.