Escape The City

Escape The City


Ambi Swindells is Head of Sports and Wellness at Havas Lynx and, since joining the company in 2015, has kept our employees refreshed and fuelled with her daily tea rounds. She has also organised a number of sporting and social events, helping to keep us fit, active and entertained in the true spirit of #LYNXLife

My role at Lynx is incredibly varied and certainly keeps me on my toes. From not knowing a single name on my first day, to now possessing an encyclopaedic knowledge of how everyone takes their tea/ coffee/ rooibos, my rounds with the tea trolley have helped me to make 250 new friends as well as brews.

My role at Havas Lynx has developed into more than I ever expected over the past couple of years and I have had the pleasure of getting to know everybody in the company and absorbing ideas and listening to employee’s suggestions. As well as the weekly activities such as football, rounders and netball, we have taken part in the Manchester 10k, raising money for local homeless charity Centrepoint and have a team ready to take on the challenge of the Manchester 100 mile bike ride in September for Christies hospital.

Last weekend, I arranged a trip to The Lake District knowing there are many keen walkers and lovers of the outdoors amongst us. After whizzing round with the gin trolley on Friday afternoon, I grabbed my rucksack, put on my walking boots and we all headed for Piccadilly station to catch the 5.15 to Windermere.

With the busy streets of Manchester far behind us we were out in the hills and fresh air before we knew it, and we all gathered for food and drinks in the local pub catching up with each other and fuelling up for our walk the next day.

In the morning we took the bus to Ambleside and our in-house mountaineer Josh lead us up Wansdale fell, one of the Wainwright walks. With the mist lying low on the mountain tops and the rain driving sideways, the weather was quintessentially Cumbrian, but as Wainwright himself once famously said said: “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing”. As we made our way back down, the clouds lifted to reveal the fell tops, the panoramic view we had all been longing for!

The sunshine dried us out and we were certainly ready for a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the Sugar and Spice café in Windermere, owned and run by Jonathan Lucas, a former member of Holloway and lover of the Lakes.

An enjoyable time was had by all and we’re already looking forward to our next adventure.