After leaving school Hannah started her career at her local hospital as an administrator. She moved through a variety of roles as she developed in her career, before finally moving into the role of Logistics Manager. She managed 150 people and was responsible for financial budgeting, moving equipment from A to B within the hospital, staffing and overtime.
In her spare time Hannah also worked at her local pub The Heathcote Arms in Croft, as a way of socialising. She is a people person and with her friendly and bubbly personality, working behind the bar suited her.
Hannah had been working at the hospital for 13 years when she came to a crossroads in her career. She was doing well at the hospital and could have stayed there for many more years but had a feeling that it was time to take a leap of faith and move into something she really enjoyed and wanted to do!
Hannah decided it was time to make the move into the pub trade and reached out to Everards to find a pub business that she could make her own.
"When I registered my interest with Everards, they suggested that I take part in one of their 'Try Before You Buy' programmes. I had worked behind a bar for four years, but until I took part in the programme, I didn't realise how much goes on behind the scenes. I got to spend the weekend with business owners in their pub and it gave me a real taster of pub life and what's involved. It also helped me and Everards to highlight any gaps in my skills and knowledge which I could then get help and support with."
As the search was on to find the right pub, Hannah couldn’t believe her luck when the one pub she really wanted came up as an opportunity.
"It felt like fate when The Heathcote Arms came up. I knew the pub, the customers, the potential it had, and I already had a vision of what I wanted to do with it," says Hannah. "Everything just seemed to slot into place."