Hampshire County Council Catering Services

30 years at HC3S

Take a trip though time and find out more about some of our longest-serving members of staff

Karen Clark

I started with Hampshire Caterers in late 1999, having seen the advert for an assistant catering manager in the local paper. Having just finished my degree in Catering Management at university, I thought this would be a great opportunity to gain some experience in the industry. I was made to feel very welcome when I arrived nervously on my first day and have been with Hampshire and HC3S, as it’s now known, ever since.

My role in the company has changed several times but from all the roles I have had held with HC3S, one thing remains the same; being part of a much wider team who care about their customers and who want to offer the best service they can. I have worked with lots of hard working, professional, knowledgeable and dedicated people over the past 20 years. From my first manager Lyn Jones to my HCC department colleagues, Leaders, Chairman and Councillors of Hampshire, they have inspired me to improve and be the best I can.&

In my current role as part of the HC3S Business Development Team, we work tirelessly to raise the profile of our fantastic catering services and we have to been recognised by our peers, receiving six national marketing award nominations and two wins in just two years!

When people ask me what it is about my roles over the years that I love, I always say the people and that no two days are the same! I guess that is why I have been here for 20 of the 30 years. Variety is definitely the spice of life!

Karen Clark