You meet everybody in the office, there’s a bit of banter, we do the paperwork together, we look at the flight time, we check the weather, the routing, and have a briefing with the cabin crew and we explain to them about the flight time and if there’s any turbulence and when. And then I ask, ‘What are you doing down route [when the plane lands]? What time are we meeting for cocktails?’”
Although she says her philosophy is not to take life too seriously, Bernice has some serious ambitions. As well as being a mum of three (to Elizabeth, 9, Zara, 5, and Alexander, 3), she combines her career with running a successful business, the Be Sweet Company, with her sister and business partner, Linda.
“It started with my wedding [to husband Rick, a pilot for Cathay Pacific],” says Bernice. “I had all these different types of sweets and candies, like pina coladas, fruit sours and strawberry cupcakes. I put them in beautiful apothecary jars and made a beautiful candy buffet. Soon, other people asking me to do events because I’d done such a good job, so I first created Be Sweet Occasions. This turned into the Be Sweet Company, where we now have 40 different products ranging from high-end chocolates to ‘grab and go’ bags of gourmet jellies. I wanted to create a brand and source amazing chocolate fudges and candies from the best suppliers, with fantastic packaging and design.”