Victoria Herriott

Victoria Herriott

For the past three years I’ve been amongst an elite team of a dozen guides who conducted tours of the Olympic Park for the ODA, LOCOG and now for the London Legacy Development Corporation. My voluntary role is Head of Marketing for the Blue Badge 2012 committee and I helped train up my colleagues in the lead up to the Games. During the Olympics I filmed with NBC and other TV crews, and I treasure the letter I received from Lord Coe thanking me for my work and saying ‘you should be proud of your involvement’. I like my guiding to be as varied as possible and enjoy working with children, students and senior citizens. I work with individuals and families using chauffeur cars, and with overseas groups attending conferences or on business trips. I try to remember that most people are taking a tour as a leisure experience and want to have fun as well as to learn. It's important to focus on what the client really wants and to be as flexible and light hearted as the situation warrants. I became a Blue Badge Tourist Guide at 30 years old and am now in my twenty fifth season. These past 20 years I have trained guides for various clients including English Heritage. I currently train stadium guides for the Rugby Football Union and Lord's Cricket Ground. Conversely, my other special interest is all things to do with the countryside, particularly equestrianism, horse racing and country sports. I have travelled over most of the world and find it easy to empathise with overseas visitors and adapt to their culture.

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