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!