What did you do before coming to ACH?
Before ACH, I worked for over 16 years in various capacities within a nationally recognised independent charity that supported older people throughout the local community. My role was to deputise for the CEO and to manage the overall day-to-day running of the organisation, aiding in the creation of policy & good practice alongside managing the organisations’ Information & Advice service.
Why did you decide to come to ACH?
I had wanted a change from my previous role only because of the length of time I had worked within the organisation so began looking for a new experience and challenge in a new environment. It was most important to me during my search that my new role would also be a rewarding one like the role I was leaving, one that would help to improve and support the lives of other people and the community.
ACH met all my hopes and more. The support they provide to both individuals & the wider community along with the impact they’ve already had (and continue to do so) on policy and public awareness is fantastic. Their success can only be attributed to the brilliant and dedicated team of workers, CEO, Board members and supporters, which to be a part of, was a great opportunity that was not to be missed!
What project are you working on for us?
My role as Operations Manager will support in the day-to-day running of the organisation. My first project has been to look for a new space to relocate our Bristol office to. ACH has grown rapidly because of its successes which has meant that we have now outgrown our current premises. We have a good selection of options available to us within the locality so keep an eye out for future updates!
What is it that you want to achieve?
ACH is an already exceptional organisation with a workforce that has a diverse range of skills and experience. My hope is that I can bring an additional set of skills and experience to the team and help ACH meet its future goals.
What are you hoping to gain from ACH?
I would love to think that my involvement with ACH will somehow impact the lives of others in the local community in a positive way. If in addition to this I could learn new skills, gain more experience and meet new people along the way, that would be even better.
What is the proudest moment in your career?
Not just a moment, a highlight of success for me during my previous role was securing an average of £310k per year of funding for the provision of local support services and creating £12m pounds of additional income to residents of South Gloucestershire.
More importantly, knowing that the monetary amounts above went to helping people in need, enabling informed choice, empowering personalisation of health & social care, tackling loneliness and isolation, getting older people active and promoting independence, equality and diversity is my proudest achievement.