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Quickfire Q+A

Meet Ali Langley, Internal Communications Consultant

We catch up with Ali Langley, one of the newest members of Team SA. Ali has a comprehensive background in both internal and external communications, so she knows how to get the conversation started. We chat with Ali about the Tudors, lunchtime routines and candle obsessions.


Which historical figure would you like to be?
I have a huge interest in history, particularly the Tudors. You wouldn’t want to be one of Henry VIII’s wives – Anne of Cleves was lucky to keep her head.

He paid her off, said that she was to be treated as a royal. Overnight, she became a princess! She didn’t have to marry Henry VIII and got to live a life of luxury – I suppose she did alright from it.

I’m going to pick where and when. I’d like to go see the Tudor court and see what it was like – but I’d like to be invisible too. Just in case Henry VIII was as vile as everyone says he was.

I’m fascinated by that period, as you might be able to tell, from portraits to the culture at the time, so it’d be great to see what the Tudors actually looked like.


What’s your favourite ice cream?
I’m normally quite plain when it comes to ice cream, and I used to go for vanilla. Everything changed at our friend’s wedding last year.

She’d organised an ice cream cart during the reception, which is a brilliant idea, and I tried something different – salted caramel. My husband suggested I tasted it, and it was one of the most amazing flavours I’ve ever had.


What’s your favourite place in the world?
My family has a holiday home in Mallorca, so it’s like a home away from home for me. You just need to sit down with a glass of wine, and it’s perfect – no worrying about an itinerary, where you need to go, or what the best restaurants are. It’s what a holiday should be like.

My grandma loved it there too – it’s an apartment that looks out over the sea. There’s no messing around, as soon as you get there, your holiday has started. I can go, get into a book and switch off straight away.

There are some amazing restaurants in Cala D’or and it’s a fantastic place for snorkelling. It also makes a great base for exploring the island.


If you’ve had a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A lunchtime walk is part of my routine at work, which always helps if you’re feeling up against it. Otherwise, go home, light some candles and pour a glass of wine.


What’s your favourite smell?
I’m a bit obsessed with Yankee Candles, especially Christmas ones. I always link smells to feelings or memories.

I have a collection of about 80 candles – my husband has had a serious word with me about them. If I light one, the house instantly smells like fresh pine, and reminds me of the smell of Christmas trees.


What was your favourite toy growing up?
I have a Mickey Mouse toy that I’ve had since I was six months old – he’s still placed on the bed when I make it in the morning. He’ll be there forever!


What’s your favourite season?
As you might have guessed, I love Christmas, but the rest of winter is absolutely miserable. It’s lovely for December, but as soon as it gets to the new year, it’s cold, rainy and grey.

That’s why I’d go for autumn – crisp days with blue skies. Halloween is a big bonus, too.


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
My mum once said to me, “Don’t do anything that doesn’t make you happy.” It’s been great advice – I once had a job that put loads of pressure on colleagues to sell.

I’ve always found that work environments like that never work well for colleagues or customers. Since then, I’ve followed this advice, and it’s worked wonders for me in and outside of my career.