Who is Janet

My name is Janet Tonks and I have been working at Synium IT since the company started in 2010 and what a journey it’s been so far………….

Life before Synium was in the Pensions & Life Assurance industry.  Working for large consultancy and actuarial practices, I provided consultancy support to the Trustees and Employers of company-sponsored pension schemes.  Following the arrival of child number 1, Georgina.  I decided to give up work and be a stay at home mom.  Going back to work was further delayed due to child number 2, Joseph.  I really enjoyed my time at home with the children, but with them now both at Nursery, it was time to think about integrating back into the world of work.

Going back to the pensions industry was something that really didn’t fill me with joy, so I had a couple of administrative jobs working locally which fitted in with the children and their school day perfectly.

Then Synium was born and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.  I love the people I work with, we are all very close and it’s not like coming to work but doing something great with your friends.  We also have some really lovely customers, who we have a great working relationship with.  My role is quite varied which makes each day very different – my main role is counting the beans but also ensuring the company runs smoothly and more importantly making sure there is always a pot of coffee on in the morning 😊

What do you do now that you wished you’d started earlier in life?

Yoga or Pilates for defo, as I approach the 50-55 tick box on those dreaded applications, I wish I had started earlier.  I do a little bit now but do think if I started earlier in life, bending down to put my shoes on would not be such a monumental task as it is these days!

What books have had a life-changing effect on you?

I have a very privileged life, roof over my head, food on the table each night, warm clothes, but there are some people on this beautiful earth of ours who have real struggles.  These books have really touched me in a way that it makes me really grateful to live where I do

  • Wild Swans by Jung Ghang. This is the family memoir following three generations of women through China’s 20th century, it gives a real insight into life under the Chinese Communist Party and the notorious Chairman Mao.
  • Burned Alive by Souad. This is an amazing story of how Souad survived 70 percent burns to the body following an attempted honour killing by her family.  The book was written following repressed memory therapy.   However, there is some controversy surrounding the book due to various inconsistencies.  Nevertheless, it’s a very thought-provoking book.
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frank. Viktor was a Holocaust survivor and a neurologist and psychiatrist.  This book charts his experiences and how people can find meaning and a purpose to live in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

What is your favourite season?

Autumn, I am a big fan of trees (always had a dream to work for the forestry commission) and I love a walk in the woods during this time of year, the colours and smell of the wood are amazing.

What is the most daring thing you have ever done?

White water rafting in Wales.  Freezing cold, but totally exhilarating, so good to feel really alive.  Would definitely recommend, but don’t sit at the front as I did 🙂

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