Ok, ok, we admit … this article isn’t about new staff! This time we are thrilled to have both new and returning staff joining our team of AVAtors!

CarolineSmithFirstly, we’d like to welcome back lovely Caroline, who originally started working for us back in 2007! Many of you will already know Caroline, but for those of you who dont you… Caroline originally studied surface pattern at Staffordshire University and having previously worked in the industry she was the ideal candidate for us. Caroline has a wealth of knowledge and experience not only in design but also brings life skills. Caroline confesses that she has always loved print, pattern and colour and enjoys anything creative! In 2013 Caroline made the decision to have a break from AVA when she found out she was pregnant with twins Max and Sam. At the point Caroline already had a beautiful daughter called Beth, so the prospect of 3 young children all under the age of 3 was pretty overwhelming, but our Caroline took to it like a duck to water and was a natural! 5 years later now that the children are all grown up and in school she decided to come back and join the AVA family again. With three young children it’s understandable that Caroline is kept very busy at home, but of course enjoying every minute of it… whether it’s on fun packed bike rides, regular trips to the park or even out on long walks in the surrounding Cheshire countryside. The Smith family certainly stay active! But it doesn’t stop there… Caroline also took up running a few years ago – this is one of Carolines favourite ways of keeping fit and healthy whilst also using the time to clear her mind. As well as running Caroline also follows fitness guru Joe Wicks regularly watching his online HIIT sessions, although she said it’s not made easy by at least one of her cheeky monkeys wrapped around her leg, also trying to enthusiastically join in! We know what you are thinking when does Caroline rest, well don’t worry, Caroline does also have her down time (phew!) As a Great British Bake off fan, Carolines r&r time consists of:  baking up a delicious treats in the kitchen, concocting a scrumptious dessert suitable for GBBO, or you may simply find her outside pottering about her garden. As she also has a keen interest in home interior , Caroline confesses that she’s still renovating her own home after 6 years so you can often find her trailing through Pinterest for more interior ideas for her home. We are delighted to welcome Caroline back, it’s like she’s never been away. She has slotted straight back into the team and straight back into the swing of things! Welcome home Caroline!


David ArnoldNow onto our newest member of the team…our secret weapon -David! After only a few weeks he has already proven to be very thorough and efficient in his work. David, or Dave as he likes to be known as, has lots of experience dealing with tricky situations. His previous sales and customer services role, has given Dave plenty of opportunity to put into practice his cool calm nature when working. Utilising his organisational skills, Dave will be helping our sales and marketing team. After living in Spain for 5 years and working in Gibraltar, Dave is certainly well travelled having crossed many boarders on his journeys in his car. Like many of the AVA team Dave loves to travel – we can already tell he’s going to fit in well with our well-travelled AVAtors. Speaking of cars, you may want to ask Dave for mechanic advice as he’s a bit of a pro when it comes to automobiles. He’s worked across a spectrum of manufacturers including the Volkswagen Audi Group and has a real passion for cars. After 18 years working internationally for the brand all over Europe, USA and Australia it’s no surprise he’s a lover of travel and sightseeing new places! Dave also holds 3 racing licenses as well as his advanced driving license which he used to race with in Audi TT’s at Silverstone in his previous job role, wooosh, Dave’s a real fast mover and adrenaline junkie!  You’ll often hear Dave sharing facts and advice with the team , helping everyone out with all there car queries. Our Cheshire born and bread Dave is a big character with a big heart. He loves being back home in Cheshire,  a real family guy who enjoys spending time with family, in particular his sister Lindsey (who is also a part of our AVA family.) Oh yes, we shouldn’t forget to tell you about his Spanish Podenco rescue dog called Oscar. Dave enjoys walking Oscar through the lush green silk town countryside where he now lives. We’ve heard many funny stories of his walks with Oscar, yes Dave’s a bit of a funny story teller too. I think we’ll have our work cut out to keep up with our well travelled Dave, although he does admit that he’s starting to appreciate the quieter times in life more now with many relaxing vacations… we don’t blame him.  Welcome to the team Dave!

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