Intern plays CEO for the day at Dormy House

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A young intern working at Farncombe Estate near Broadway in the Cotswolds got to experience what a typical working day was like for the company CEO, when the pair swapped jobs for 24 hours.

Lucy Weaver was promoted to CEO for one day in August, meaning she was responsible for almost 200 employees at Farncombe Conference Centre and Dormy House Hotel.

As part of the job swap, Andrew Grahame, the current CEO, then experienced what life was like for Lucy, a junior intern at Farncombe Estate since May 2013.

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“It was good to spend some time with the team: I learnt a lot and I really enjoyed it,” said Andrew after an exhausting day which included bouncing around on a space hopper. Lucy meanwhile concluded that she’d had a great experience, “but I think it would be too stressful to be CEO!”

“I went into a Dormy revenue meeting and heard all about their monthly targets and how they balance average room rate with occupancy,” says Lucy. “I also saw the Barnyard, where the Farncombe Estate’s team make furniture and fittings from scratch. It’s amazing to see the work that goes on behind the scenes.”

Lucy’s plans for Farncombe include making more of the 400-acre estate with new activities for leisure visitors; introducing spa day incentives for staff and painting the conference centre reception bright pink. All her ideas will be given careful consideration.

For Andrew Grahame, who joined Farncombe as CEO in September 2012, his day in Lucy’s shoes gave him an invaluable insight into the workings of the sales and marketing office. He began his day organising a photoshoot with space hoppers – and falling off a few times – before researching sponsorship for the 2015 Farncombe Courses brochure and sending out the first 100 emails to a database of 4,000 corporate contacts.

“The focus in the office impressed me,” said Andrew. “There was a lot of problem solving going on – dealing with people who change their requirements for instance. You don’t appreciate the mechanics of it until you spend time with the team. We had a laugh and a joke and I think I earned my keep!”

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