Nicki Warburton joined the Bott and Co Flight Delay Team at the end of March this year. Nicki’s previous jobs have been varied but she now believes she has found her calling in life.
“I recently returned to Wilmslow after seven long years away from my parents, due to living in Malta and Cyprus. I’ve now found myself starting again with my two much loved dogs, Beanie and Bailey”.
We catch up with Nicki and find out about her hobbies, life at Bott and Co and what makes her tick.
1. Nicki, how are you finding working on the ever busy Flight Delay Team?
Working on the Flight Delay Team is certainly keeping me busy; there’s a lot to do! The airlines have been settling a significant number of cases recently and it’s a real achievement to hear positive news and feedback from clients – especially those that were originally told they could not claim by the airlines.
I enjoy my time in the department; we work together as a team and nothing can get past us because we live in each other’s pockets day-to-day. I couldn’t ask for a better environment to spend most of my days.
2. What are the day-to-day challenges you face in your role?
Of course the most important element is to provide the best possible service to our clients and working as a team certainly helps that. Other challenges I find in my role are keeping on top of my work load; it’s forever growing, but it keeps me on my toes!
3. We hear you’re a boxer – how did you first get into boxing?
I’d always felt excitement at watching boxing, and I’ve always been known to look after myself fitness wise – so I decided to make an imaginary bucket list and fight in a ring with another person.
My first fight was in October 2014 where I lost by one point but won ‘fight of the night’. I was smoking at the time and didn’t take boxing seriously enough, so I had to take bed rest for nearly two weeks with bruised ribs.
But now I’ve upped my game and I’m taking my boxing hobby very seriously. We now have a re-match in July for a title belt (with no head guards either…) and we are training like crazy to give everyone a really great fight to watch and ourselves a great experience!
4. How do you manage work-life with training?
The pain during training is immense. Every day is a struggle to even sit on the sofa at home or at my desk at work. You never think of the different muscles your body uses to lift a cup of coffee; it makes you appreciate coffee even more! Training doesn’t affect my work in any way other than when I moan, and get told it’s self-inflicted. They have no sympathy for me.
5. What events/fights have you got coming up?
I have my big title belt match in Manchester on July 25th 2015 at Bowlers Exhibition. As well as boxing, I am a keen fitness enthusiast and am doing the ‘Tough Mudder’ on the 13th September which I’m really looking forward to.
6. How do you usually prepare for a fight?
I don’t eat processed food; I always eat clean and always balance my training throughout the week in order to recover. ‘Train Hard, Fight Easy’ I say, that’s always shouted at me when I’m running up a hill with a 20kg vest on!
7. If you had a superpower for a day what would it be and why?
If I had a superpower, I’d be a shape shifter. I’d turn myself into a dog, run around after work without a care in the world, and finally understand why dogs sniff bums. Or I would turn myself into bird and travel the world…the options are endless!
8. Who inspires you? Who do you aspire to be like?
To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t have anyone who inspires me; I believe you should be able to look at yourself and be inspired by how far you have come, the achievements you have made and how you can be the best you can possibly be.
9. If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
I would love to be the queen, and experience her life; I can only presume she has everybody doing things for her. I would even wear the crown to bed.
I also want to know how the royals party, that would be interesting.
10. Shark diving, bungee jumping, or skydiving?
Shark diving scares the life out of me; I don’t understand how people can swim in the ocean and have a huge fish underneath them and not get the willies!
Bungee jumping is my worst nightmare, I have seen a few videos of that going wrong, and I’m the person it would probably happen to.
Skydiving is another nightmare of mine, but I actually intend to do this at some point in my life for charity. So, Sky diving it is.
Thanks for taking the time to chat to us Nicki, we wish you the very best in your upcoming boxing matches and doing the ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge.