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Bethany Fovargue


Bethany Fovargue  

Operations Manager, Novus

Q1: Please introduce yourself and give your potted career history to date.

A Psychology graduate and primary school teacher by trade, my career took a turn towards logistics and transport after 5 and a half years in EDI, before moving to NOVUS as Operations Manager. NOVUS, part of the CILT family, aims to provide the UK’s leading graduate alumni for supply chain professionals, working with leading companies and the University of Huddersfield and Aston University to create work-ready graduates for management roles.

Q2: What is the most rewarding thing about your career?

Working with the students and seeing them become the next generation of supply chain professionals is, without doubt, the most rewarding part of the job!

Q3: What is your favourite part of your day?

The quiet half an hour between 8am and 8:30am! I also like any opportunity to see logistics in action – site visits, for example!

Q4: What is your primary measure of success?

In Psychology-speak, I am an “externally referenced” person – I value a “well done” from others! I am proud to have supported change in current and previous roles and to have been nominated for and achieved a variety of awards, including runner up for the Women in Logistics Newcomer of the Year award in 2014.

Q5: When you’re having a really bad day but you have to just keep going, what do you tell yourself?

In the words of Dory, from “Finding Nemo”: “just keep swimming!”

Q6: Did you have role models when you were younger? Do you still have them now? Who were/are they and why?

I have always looked up to my Mum – she has, and always will be, the best role model a girl could wish for!

Q7: What advice would you give your younger self?

Worry less about what people think – easy to say and hard to do, but good advice nonetheless!

Q8: What advice would your younger self give you?

Make time for your friends – don’t underestimate the power of a quick text, email or call and make sure you have time in your schedule to do that!

Q9: What does the word ‘balance’ mean in your life and how do you achieve it?

I have a busy work life – which is exactly how I like it – but also an active social life. I dance, play badminton and swim regularly and like nothing more than to chill out with a little “Holby City” every now and again!