Faye Thorley

Area Manager for Apple


I was a student at St Mary’s between 1999-2004. After leaving and studying A Levels elsewhere, I completed a BA Honours Degree in German and Spanish at the University of Chester. Since leaving St Mary’s, I have done numerous call centre jobs utilising my language skills, whilst gaining an insight into the world of logistics, sales, finance and customer service for multiple companies. Following this, I decided to look for work outside of the UK, which led me to move to Cork in Ireland in 2013, to work for Apple at it European headquarters. After ten years, this remains my job, although I have since progressed to Area Manager, which is a role that involves leading teams who support our business partners. I am proud to work for such a unique company, that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion.

A personal highlight in the role was being afforded the opportunity to present to Tara Bunch (former Vice-president of AppleCare). Whilst I love the job that I do, it has been a challenge in the past to learn to build resilience and allow myself to explore opportunities without knowing the outcome, nevertheless, I am glad that I have, or else I wouldn’t be able to do the job that I do today.

Thinking back to my time at St Mary’s, I have fond memories of my GCSE Results day, which was the conclusion of a lot of hard work! When I was at St Mary’s one of my favourite subjects was PE with Miss Ellis,who was always encouraging and supportive, which inspired me to join the netball team. Aside from that, German and Spanish were also great fun to learn.

If I were to give any advice to my younger self. It would be to not think about those who don’t appreciate you for who you are, the important thing is to have confidence in your own ability. For me, an education from St Mary’s is a fantastic start to any career; if you find something that you have a passion for, then work will never be dull