Five Minute Interview: Rachael Mackwell, Postcode Anywhere

MicroScope meets Rachael Mackwell, sales and support director at information capture and validation specialist Postcode Anywhere

Tell us what you do for a living

I’m the sales and support director at Postcode Anywhere – a company specialising in the validation and capture of global address information.

Why are you the right person for this job?

Ask my boss! I’ve been with the company since it started in 2001. I’ve had lots of titles along the way. I describe myself as head of pencils because I can turn my hand to pretty much anything.

What gets you up in the morning?

My dogs (two springer spaniels and a Labrador puppy), telling me it’s breakfast time and they need a wee.

Who helped you get to where you are today?

My colleagues, but mostly my husband – he’s wonderful.

What is the best business advice you have received and from whom?

From my dad: old sins have long shadows – always treat people as you want to be treated yourself as you never know when you might meet them again.

What advice would you give to someone starting out today in IT?

Believe in yourself and follow your instincts. Work with people you like and you trust implicitly. Never let the competition get to you.

What’s running on your smartphone?

Not much. I’m old enough for a phone to be for calling people and very little else. I’m still proud if I send an intelligible text.

What does the next five years hold for the channel?

Some very exciting things I hope, along with growth and a lot of hard work.

Tell us something most people do not know about you

I got an audition to the Royal Ballet School, but didn’t go because Sir Richard Helpmann, the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was doing the auditions – I’m still terrified of him!

"I'm still proud if I can send an intelligible text."

What goal do you have to achieve before you die, and why?

To live a long time. It’s boring, but I can’t think of anything else. I’m pretty happy with my life as it is.

What is the best book you have ever read?

Wuthering Heights. I re-read it every year.

And the worst film you have ever seen?

The Unbearable Lightness of Being. It was a boring pretentious film with a boring pretentious date.

What would be your desert island MP3s?

Songs that remind me of my family. The last few years have been a roller coaster, so some are really great memories but others are very sad. If I had to pick one, it would be Telegraph Road by Dire Straits. 

What temptation can you simply not resist?


What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?

I’m not really into cars so I can’t remember what my first car was. Now I drive a Saab convertible, which is completely inappropriate for living in the country and having dogs and horses – it is a wreck.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?

Years ago, I got stuck in a lift with someone I worked with. She had complete hysterics and tried to prise the doors open then climb up the shaft. Given that she weighed about 16 stone, I was stuck between horror and amusement.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I would like to be Fluffy, my daughter’s rabbit. It lives in luxury and does nothing except eat and be waited on.

If you could have represented your country at one event in the 2012 Olympics, which would you have chosen and why?

Three-day eventing. I’m a keen horse rider, but would never have the nerve or skill to go over those massive fences.

If you were facing awesome peril and impossible odds, which real or fictional person would you most want on your side and why?

Can I have three? I’d like our CTO because he can fix anything and never panics, and I’d also like Scooby Doo and Shaggy because it always comes out right in the end – and they would have Scooby Snax.

And finally, a grizzly bear and a silverback gorilla are getting ready for a no-holds-barred rumble. Who is your money on and why?

I haven’t a clue. I guess this is the opportunity to tell a witty one-liner, but I can’t think of one. Sorry.

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