• Sarah at ZooLab

Anna's Inside Scoop with Garry Walker

One of the best things about ZooLab has got to be working with an incredible team! Each month, Ranger Anna will interview a member of the ZooLab family.

This month we will be speaking to Garry Walker!

Hi Garry, how long have you worked for ZooLab?

I have worked at ZooLab since April 2019 on a consultancy basis - I spend 3 days a week working from the head office in Larbert.

What is your role in the company?

Learning & Development Manager. My role involves people development, apprenticeships, training, development and rewarding staff. I also head up the office social committee.

With ZooLab, everyday is different! Can you think of a day which was completely out of the ordinary for you?

Two days in particular spring to mind...

ZooLab's 2019 conference, where I was involved in hosting various games with all the staff in attendance and dressing up as a frog to welcome the delegates - hot and sweaty!

The second was definitely the HQ Christmas party... It was my first time at a Christmas party held in an office straight after everybody downed tools. DJ, BYOB and party games - what more do you need!!!

We thought about sharing the photos 😝.... but instead, here are some more party animals!

What is something you love about working for ZooLab?

The family feel that has been created - it is very open, honest and transparent; everyone mucks in and people are treated how I like to be treated.

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are some of your hobbies? 

Oh, where do i start? I am 38 years old. I recently got engaged to my soulmate, Nicola.

After finishing uni in Bristol, I worked in various management roles in Tesco for 12 years. I then used my transferable skills to work in recruitment, training and development for 5 years, rewarding staff with SVQ/NVQ qualifications. I began doing consultancy work in 2019 and love it.

I lived the backpacker life around Oceania and southeast Asia for 18 months when I was 25 and more recently (2018), I spent 4 months flashpacking around similar areas with my now fiancee. 

Hobbies include: travelling, golf and football as well as spending time with family and friends making memories!

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be? 

Passionate. Caring. Smiley.

What is the most daring thing you've ever done? 

Well, seeing as I am scared of heights it would definitely be doing the Nevis Bungy in New Zealand!!! You are taken out to a platform in the middle of a canyon and plummet 134m towards the river bed below....scary!! One of my contact lenses popped out on the way down, so I was a bit spun out when I was pulled back up to the top after the jump.

Do you have any pets?

Not currently but I have owned fish, two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Netherland dwarf rabbit, two hamsters and a tortoise! 

What's the most unusual thing you have ever eaten?

A scorpion on Khao San in Bangkok!

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

Good question! Tough one to answer but I would say Jack Black! I love his passioneneer, energy and comedy value, plus he would look good in a ginger wig and beard!

0845 330 6322 

ZooLab UK Head Office: Torwood Garden Centre, Larbert, United Kingdom,  FK5 4EG