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A Rocker To Lean On: Meet Debbie Sanderson

Apr 20, 2021

Debbie Sanderson has worked alongside Christine in our accounts team for five years. In that time, she’s helped secure our financial health through a real period of growth. No wonder, from someone who takes such good care of her own home. We learn more about our bona fide rock chick in this quick interview.

What do you do here at Oracle Vision, Debbie?

I work in accounts, taking care of sales and purchase invoices, payroll, supplier payment runs, credit control, anything to do with money really. I can be involved in so much! I’m the go-to for all things to do with money.
Coming from a financial background, it’s important to me that we have everything paid on time. That’s an essential part of how we want to be portrayed to our suppliers, and a key process to help ensure our financial health, stability and resilience.

What drew you to Oracle Vision?

When I was looking for a new role, I wanted to be local, so I was attracted to the opportunity at first because it was only four miles away. At the time, I didn’t know them well, so I did a little recce to check out the premises. I could see straight away at interview that I’d made the right decision to apply. Emma and Christine were easy to talk to and I knew I would fit into the team if selected. Now we’ve moved to the Nostell Estate, our location is even better – when you arrive in the morning, the scenery is breath-taking and it gives you a good feeling.

What makes Oracle Vision special, or different

We all get on well, everybody, whether you’re an engineer or a director. The whole team is friendly, approachable, it’s a really laid back, relaxed atmosphere and we all try and help each other. I’ve worked in other places before where the job looked good on paper but it was nowhere near as lovely as here. It’s a real family atmosphere, with some really nice people.

As an employee, the management team are great at spotting potential, and they really look after you to help you reach it.

What do you enjoy about your work here?

I enjoy crunching all the numbers. I previously worked in a bank so I’m used to the pressure. My job involves a lot of forensics, pinning down invoices etc, so I’m happy when I’ve found solutions to problems and everything is running smoothly and on time.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not here?

I love interior design and going to antique fairs. I don’t spend much, I’m a saver, but if I see something I like, I get it. Pre COVID-19, we’d be out every Sunday going to stately homes and places of historical interest. I love anything historical.

I’m also really big on my DIY – I’ll have a go at anything. I spend a lot of my time at the weekend up a ladder or on a roof, and I’ve always got my hands dirty!

If you could spend the day with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?

I think I’d like a night out with Lee and Jenny from Gogglebox. Their sense of humour is right up my street! We’d get away from the stress and have a good old belly laugh.

OK, time for the all-important quick-fire round:

First gig? The Jam. We jumped in the car and went to Scarborough to see them – I’ve still got my ticket!
Last gig? The Who, at Sheffield Arena. I’ve been to hundreds of gigs – I love my music. I’m a bit of a rock chick! I was supposed to go and see Queen before lockdown, but it’s been cancelled a few times.
Favourite food? I love a classic Ploughman’s lunch
Favourite drink? I’m a Yorkshire Tea lass, but I love a piña colada or two on holiday
Favourite place in the world? I’ve been all over, but you can’t beat home. It’s a toss up between Northumberland, Wales, the Lake District, and the Dales. I’ve travelled abroad to some exotic locations, but I want to stay here now.
Favourite TV show? I love finding something good on Netflex, like Ozark or Breaking Bad.
Favourite book? Anything a bit scary! I do also love reading the Yorkshire Post Magazine, it covers all sorts from art and countryside to shopping.