Laura Wade joins Preim as business manager

Tuesday 2nd November 2021

We are delighted to welcome Laura Wade to the team as our new business manager. Her role is integral to the smooth running of the office – from first aid to vehicle fleet management. We catch up with the experienced dance teacher and keen traveller.

Welcome to Preim – can you tell us a little about your role with the company and what your responsibilities are?

Laura Wade
Business Manager

My role is to look after all aspects of office management, providing general support to the office administration function, and any other office and company administration instructed by the directors or required by the company.

These include; company service contracts – overseeing all the office and company service contracts for the office; overseeing certain aspects of H&S making sure we have the appropriate fire marshalls, first aiders and monitoring and recording weekly test of fire alarms and making sure we conduct regular fire drills.

I also look after the administration for the company fleet, making sure all the insurances are up to date and HR & Personnel duties – updating sickness/absence records, uploading staff documentation monitoring staff training, new starters and inductions and overseeing/maintaining the appraisal programme.

How do you see your role making a difference to members of the Preim team?

In the short time I’ve been here I can see that Preim has been so busy over the last 18 months and is growing all the time, as we employ more staff, I think having me on board to look after all the office management areas will really benefit the business and the staff.

What previous experience do you have and what did you do before joining Preim?

I have over 20 years’ experience as a PA/office Manager and throughout my career I have worked in various pressurised environments at a senior level, dealing with CEOs, managing directors and professionals.

For the first part of my career, I worked as a Legal PA in Leeds supporting various departments from conveyancing to commercial litigation as well as personal injury and medical negligence. Working in this environment put me in good stead for the future giving me some knowledge in the legal field.

Can you tell us a little about your interests or hobbies outside of work?  

I have always had a passion for dancing, and from the age of six, I attended dance classes and went on to work my way through my grades in ballet, tap, modern dance and musical theatre, competing in the North West and North East of England ballet and modern dance championships.

When I was 16, I took part in the Miss Dance of Great Britain heats and competed against other girls from across the country.  I went on to qualify as an IDTA dance teacher and ran my own dance school for eight years which fitted in with my PA role at the time. I still run the occasional classes locally, some of which are for wedding couples wanting to learn a first dance for their wedding, and I have also taught at different intervals for Stamford School.

When I’m not busy at work or dancing, I have a passion for travel and love getting away for holidays and short breaks and finding unique places to stay in the UK and Europe.