Name: Sarada Chunduri-Shoesmith
What do you do? How do you describe your working life?
I am a healthcare manager and regulator. I work Monday- Friday, 9-5. I am lucky to be able to work from home and have an office close by to whilst I have been on secondment, which means I still get a good few hours a day with my son, Edwin. It is an office based job but I spend a lot of time in meetings and the importance of influence is crucial in making a difference to care, which I am passionate about. A lot of people in healthcare work longer hours, including weekends and evenings because people get ill all the time! And occasionally I have to do the same.
Did you show any signs as a child that indicated that you would end up where you are today?
Not at all! I think I wanted to be an international pop star when I was young girl so I’ve got a way to go to achieve that. I did think I would escape east London, where I was born and grew up but after a nomadic trip around London and an attempt at the country life in Norfolk, we have been well settled in Stratford for five years now.
Describe your morning routine
Obviously, no need for an alarm clock any more as my helpful son provides this daily service. I try and pretend I haven’t heard it and my husband usually gets my son up first thing in the morning. I might have a few guilty pleasure minutes checking my phone before joining them for breakfast. We know what time we need to be out of the house each day – so we have got a routine of sorts. I have a very simple toast and coffee each day, which I find keeps me going and has been an important part of staying healthy.