Lesley is SOG’s Sales, Marketing and Accommodation Services Manager and started at The Heath as far back as 1985 working for global giant ICI. Having joined Site Operations Group (SOG) in 1990 Lesley has worked for SOG both as a department of ICI and for the past 20 years as SOG Ltd, SME organisation, owner and operator of The Heath Business and Technical Park.
On reflection Lesley enjoys working for SOG as a smaller business as it provides an extensive range of responsibilities and the customer interaction that she really enjoys – getting to see businesses join The Heath, survive and thrive. It’s great to share in the customer journey.
Lesley has a Son George who is 21, a granddaughter Hannah who is almost 4, plus 2 huge fluffy cats and she spends much of her time with her family and long-standing friends. She is a big music fan and has an eclectic taste in music. Going to gigs and music festivals is one of her passions and in particular the world’s greatest music festival Glastonbury. Lesley has practiced yoga for about 12 years and has made some amazing friends in her Heath based yoga group, led by Lindsay Jones – totally inspirational teacher. She enjoys week-ends away and yoga holidays in the sun in addition to the usual classes here at The Heath. She also enjoys visiting Cornwall (possibly a retirement location?), nights out and partying with her friends as long as dancing is involved and experimenting in the kitchen with a variety of cookbooks when she gets chance, subsequently entertaining friends and family with her culinary delights!
See below Lesley’s Favourite Five!
Riders on The Storm – The Doors
I first got in to the doors when I was about 17 and just loved the sound and the idea of living in the Californian sunshine at Venice Beach where Jim Morrison lived and recorded. This tune I’ve decided I want playing at my funeral! I love the lyrics ‘Into this house we’re born, into this world we’re thrown’ and the instrumentation – spine tingling! To me it sort of feels like we arrive here without a safety belt and we have to learn to live through the ups and downs of life and all that it throws at us.
The Soft Parade – The Doors
Great memories of my ‘indie’ days in the late 80’s/early 90’s when we had a gang of friends who spent a lot of time partying and then sitting chilling out early hours and listening to this at the end of the night along with many other tunes like Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Simon & Garfunkel. It is probably the ‘strangest’ song I have ever heard. It changes throughout and takes you on a real journey!
5:15 – The Who
From the soundtrack and film Quadrophenia – one of my all-time favourite films. I was a mod in the mod revival in the early 80’s so just got to love the film/music associated with it. I used to walk home from school with some of the guys who had parkas and used to ask to ‘borrow’ a parka so I could complete the look. I’ve been to watch The Who on many occasions and sadly just had the Liverpool gig cancelled in April this year due to Covid-19. This is always my favourite track at any gig, although I do love the Quadrophenia soundtrack in its entirety and probably my best Who gig was the Quadrophenia tour. I’ve always loved Scooters too and have travelled extensively throughout the UK and even in to Europe on the back of a scooter over the years. No wonder I’ve got a bad back now!
The Tide is High – Blondie
I love all Blondie tunes and songs like Atomic and Heart of Glass are pretty amazing but I always liked this tune. It reminds me of school discos, lycra trousers, boob tubes, purple make-up and Insette spikey hair spray!
Everlong – Foo Fighters
I just love the Foo Fighters. They always put on an amazing show. The best Glastonbury gig I’ve ever seen was the Foo Fighters in 2017 and this tune was just amazing live. Again, one of my favourite lyrics ever ‘Breathe out, so I can breathe you in’. A love song in a rock genre.