Full name:

Emily Smith

Where did you grow up?



I achieved my A Levels at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College in Leicester and went to the University of Warwick to study Chemistry. I decided that career path wasn’t for me and dropped out halfway through. I then went on to pursue my AAT Accountancy qualifications through distance learning while working full time.

Your previous place of work and role:

Accounts Assistant at North Supply Ltd.

What are you most looking forward to about joining King’s Ely?

It’s a very different change of pace from working in a technology firm to working for a school. It’s both more relaxed and more stressful at the same time – I’ve gone from processing a payroll for around 30 members of staff to the payroll at King’s of over 450 people!

Hobbies/interests outside of school:

I do something called LARP, which stands for Live Action Role Play – it’s a cross between re-enactment and improvised theatre. Most of my weekends are spent in a cold and muddy field somewhere with between 50 to 2,500 other people dressed up in a weird and wonderful costume with a sword and shield in hand! Any time not at events is then spent sewing, crafting and writing for the next upcoming event.

Any pets?

I would love to have a dog but unfortunately cannot.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a lawyer. Luckily, accountancy has the right mix of maths and complicated legislation to keep me happy.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I’d love an ice manipulation power (think Elsa from Frozen!).

What was the last book you read?

‘Journey into Darkness’ by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker – it’s the follow up to the Netflix series ‘Mindhunter’, looking at the psychology of serial killers and how the FBI in America began to start profiling them in the 1970’s.

What song are you most likely to sing at a karaoke?

To get me at karaoke means something has gone horrifically wrong!

What is your favourite film?

Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey!

Do you have any phobias or fears?

I’m terrified of spiders.

Name three things you would want with you if stranded on a desert island for a week:

My tent, some matches and a snack!

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