My name is Marian Beard and I am the fulltime receptionist at Wac Arts.
I work on the main reception and am the first person visitors get to meet when the come in the building, so it’s important that they feel welcome. My duties are to answer and transfer telephone calls, send emails when needed, liaise with the caretakers if they’re needed or need something, take delivery and pigeonhole mail, issue security cards, check door alarms and CCTV. Keep records of visitors to Wac Arts and other ad hoc tasks. I have also opened and closed the building on a few occasions, which is quite scary when one is alone as I am sure it is haunted!
I started working for Wac Arts on a part-time basis in October 2012 and became a full time contract employee in November 2013. When I first started Wac Arts was just going through the branding change so I didn’t really know what it was like before, although I was aware of Interchange, but I felt included and part of the team straight away.
I really like the people that I work with and also the work I do, everyone is so friendly and willing to help if they can. I think this makes Wac Arts special because you can go to anyone with a question and they’ll either help you or point you in the right direction. It’s like a family.
I was born in Dalby Street, Kentish Town on the original site where Interaction/Interchange/Wac Arts first started and I’ve lived all my life in Camden. I left school at 15 and went to work as a telephonist in an upmarket furniture shop in the West End, and then spent most of my working years in the insurance brokering sector, so I’m comfortable meeting and greeting people from all walks of life and of all different ages. I’m also lucky in that I live around the corner so don’t have to travel or pay fares.
I enjoy all the different parts of the work I do, which involves many different things. It’s what makes it interesting. And of course, seeing people coming in and out all day long and getting to say hello or goodbye and finding out a little bit about them. Quite a few famous faces too!
My daughter, Amy attended for a good few years when it was Interchange and loved the trampolining classes. She also helped on a voluntary basis for the younger children in the same lessons. She now works as a special needs assistant in her childrens’ school.
See you when you come to reception!!
Love Madge x