Staff Profile: Charlotte Phillips

Things couldn’t have worked out much better for Charlotte Phillips who is now into her fourth month working for Somerset County Cricket Club at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Charlotte, who hails from Liskeard and completed her degree course at Cardiff Met University, is a keen cricketer so when the job of Accounts Assistant came up at Somerset, she was only too delighted to accept it.

“My job mostly involves dealing with the sales and purchase ledgers, which means invoicing as needed and paying people that we have bought from.”

Charlotte explained how she came to be living locally.

“I moved up from Cornwall back in the summer of 2016 after I finished at university to work in Taunton as a trainee accountant,” she said. “It wasn’t quite what I was looking for and I didn’t enjoy it that much, so when this post with Somerset came along it was ideal for me. I like Taunton because it’s got good transport links and it’s quite central. It’s also quite easy to go back home at weekends and get to Cardiff and Bristol.”

Charlotte explained her cricketing involvement back in the Duchy.

“I coach the Cornwall Under 15 Girls team, so I go home as much as I can. It works quite well because I train with the Cornwall Women’s team on Saturday mornings and then coach the Under 15 Girls in the afternoon.

“It was the cricket that drew me to the job here in the first place. I’ve gone through the Cornwall age groups and play now for the Women’s County side. Last year I played back in Cornwall for my local club Launceston CC.”

The Cornwall Women’s player enjoyed considerable success in 2017 and scored 313 runs at an average of 104.33, the best in the Cornish League, to help Launceston climb up to fourth place in the league.

“I used to play men’s cricket when I was living back in Cornwall, but I haven’t since I moved to Taunton. I enjoyed playing men’s cricket because it’s different and more challenging.”

So how has Charlotte found it coming to work in a professional cricketing environment?

“It’s a lot more laid back than I thought it would be, but maybe that’s because I have come in the winter. I thought that the players would be a sort of level above us, but they are all really friendly and Tom Abell has made me several cups of coffee. It’s nice that it is a club where everybody works together.

“I’m delighted to have been able to come and work for Somerset County Cricket Club and it’s worked out really well for me. When I left university with a degree in Sport Management I wanted to work within the sport’s world but the jobs are hard to come by, so to be involved on the financial side of things is a nice mixture for me.”

Charlotte added: “There is a real feeling of togetherness about the place and it really feels like one big family with everybody working together. It’s great to be involved with.”

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