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Polly Hawkes

Administrative Assistant

I grew up in Stratford-on-Avon and studied English and Film at University of East Anglia. I have worked in a variety of roles, including doing PR for local government, going round Norfolk on a library van and as a catering assistant in the RSC’s Green Room - I am very proud to have made a cheese and onion sandwich for Sir Ian McKellan. I worked for many years front-of-house at Compton Verney Art Gallery. I particularly enjoyed my role of Duty Manager, where I was responsible for the day to day running of the gallery, supervising the gallery team and co-ordinating exhibitions and events. I am grateful to have worked on some fantastic exhibitions and with a great team of staff and volunteers. During the pandemic I moved to work at Warwick Hospital in cancer services admin, which was incredibly rewarding and challenging, in equal measure. In February 2022 I joined Lamp as their admin assistant, and I am happy to be back working in a creative environment again and to be part of such a talented and dedicated team.

 

Outside of Lamp, I am often to be found at the allotment, or pootling in the garden. I am happiest with my feet up, watching medical dramas while eating crisps. I enjoy writing, knitting and reading (mostly crime, but revisiting my Georgette Heyer collection at the moment). I am also a cruciverbalist (posh word for a crossword fan). Once a week, I volunteer for a mental health helpline - I feel lucky to be able to help others, whilst at the same time boosting my own self-confidence and learning so much!