Meet The Leeds Welcome Ambassadors
Yvonne is originally from Stratford upon Avon but has lived in Leeds for over 35 years. She loves Leeds due to its friendly nature and diverse culture.
She applied to become a Welcome Ambassador as she sought a career change having spent many years working in an office environment where she occupied roles as a customer advisor and as a member of a complaints resolution team within the financial sector.
Now she says she has found her perfect job as a Leeds Welcome Ambassador!
“The Leeds ambassadors are a unique team of people and I am proud to be one of them. I offer an invaluable service to all who visit Leeds always going that extra mile when needed,” she said.
Yvonne loves the outdoors and enjoys the role as it involves interacting with different people on a daily basis.
She said “Being an ambassador working in Leeds has taught me so much more about the city I didn’t know I never realised how many visitors we have from other countries. I have met people from America, Sweden, China, Australia, New Zealand, Spain – how lucky am I to have met all these wonderful people”.
Yvonne’s favourite place within the BID area is the corn exchange due to its beautiful architecture and unique range of independent shops.
Stuart is Leeds born and bred and still lives in the city with his partner and pet dog.
As many other Leeds folk Stuart enjoys going out with his family for meals and socialising with friends but his main passion is cruising and seeing different exciting parts of the world.
Prior to starting his role as a Leeds Welcome Ambassador he worked for Trinity in Leeds as a Car Park and Security Officer. Prior to that role he worked in a similar job for Wakefield Council.
When Stuart saw the position for the Leeds Welcome Ambassadors he knew that this was the job for him.
He said “I love talking to people and in this job I get to meet such a diverse group of people. The team I work with bring different personalities to the role but I believe we all get on and add value in different ways”
There are many things that he loves about his home town but he thinks it is mainly the different people he gets to meet on a daily basis that makes it so special.
“There is so much to see and talk to people about and I am still learning and finding new and interesting places of interest”, he said.
He continued to explain “The ambassadors are such a brilliant new addition to Leeds because we are able to advise visitors on where to go and what to see. As time goes on we will be more informative as we grow into our roles and learn more things about our city.”
Stuart firmly believes the team have already made a big difference and as he is constantly getting stopped by people in the street asking what he does and why the ambassadors are in Leeds.
His favourite place within the BID area is the hidden park in St Paul’s Square. Stuart admittedly didn’t know the place existed until a few months ago but he loves how lovely and quiet the area is and the architecture of the surrounding office buildings and restaurants.
You can read more about Yvonne and Stuart and their roles as Leeds Welcome Ambassadors at /www.thecitytalking.com/leedsbid-welcome-ambassadors/