Meet multi-faceted Liz Munro

Cornish farmer’s daughter Liz Munro has worked at the Great Cornish Food Store coming up for three years. Multi-skilled, you’ll find Liz working across the shop floor as well as behind the deli counter and, occasionally, the fish and meat counters, too.

“I work part-time at the Store but on a variable hours’ contract which suits me really well,” says Liz. “I returned to Cornwall three years’ ago to help look after my parents who still live in the house near Ladock that I was born in. I wanted a job that could flex with my need to have an income whilst at the same time be able to care for my parents. When I returned to Cornwall, I rang Ruth and begged her for a job – and I got lucky. Being Cornish and having grown up on a mixed dairy farm, I was very keen to support the local food and farming scene any way I could and to wave the flag for Cornwall. Working here certainly ticks that box.”

Prior to moving back to the county in 2017, Liz had a varied career in London and abroad. “I met my husband while at college in Camborne – he was at the Camborne School of Mines and I was at Camborne Technical College studying Hotel Management. In the early days after graduating, I moved around a lot working for Mount Charlotte hotels in London, Bristol and Plymouth – I even worked as a stewardess for Dan Air for a short time. Then I landed a dream job, as an international event manager for The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy in London. I travelled far and wide – to India, Chile, Namibia, Zimbabwe – organising conferences. It was a hugely enjoyable time in my life but an international career is tough when you want to start a family, so I gave it up to be a full-time mum. When the children were small, my (now ex-) husband who worked in the oil and gas industry, got posted to Trinidad & Tobago for two years, so we went to experience some small island life for a short while.”

It was here that Liz’s path took a new turn, volunteering at an orphanage. “When my boys were at school, I helped out. It was emotional work, but hugely rewarding, and when we returned to the UK and back to our family home in Oxfordshire, I used that experience to get a job at a Sixth Form College helping students with learning difficulties,” says Liz. “And this then led to me getting a teaching qualification. So, as you can see, I’ve had a speckled career, one way or another.”

Although Liz has spent most of her adult life away from Cornwall, her family connections hold firm. “I was expected to help on Mum and Dad’s farm as a young girl, and now, with my new partner back in Cornwall, we find ourselves on a smallholding with a few rare-breed sheep, chickens and bees. It’s not quite the same, of course, but I do love being around animals and the lifestyle it allows us. And one of my sons has moved down here too – enrolling on a boat building course in Falmouth.”

So what now for Liz?  “Well I’m back in Cornwall for the foreseeable future, playing tennis, walking the dog and discovering more beautiful and remote places around the county in the little spare time I have.  In the store, I hope to get to learn how to make a great coffee.  I started on the shop floor nearly three years ago and have done a bit of everything – except that!  I enjoy the variety of work here and getting to know our loyal customers. Already, I’ve picked up a range of new skills, especially about the wonderful array of fish found around our coastlines, but you’re never too told to keep on learning!”

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