Few callers to the PR agency run Carpet Council Advisory Service
realise that the helpful lady on the end of the phone is Carol Stockdale
who, until joining GCI 14 months ago, knew very little about
One person who does, however, is Carol’s great uncle Wattie.
Group assistant Carol, and around 20 of her Yorkshire clan, were at a
family dinner when her career came up. On mention of the Carpet Council,
there was a sudden explosion from the end of the table.
Frowning over the top of his spectacles, great uncle Wattie demanded:
’Are you telling me that you’re the Carpet Council Advisory Service?
You’re what all my membership money goes towards? You!’
It was then Carol remembered that uncle Wattie, aka John Watts, was a
dyed-in-the-wool carpet merchant. Carol says: ’He was aghast that I, of
all people, should be a carpet industry adviser.’
Talk about having the rug pulled out from under you.