Most of my career has been spent working in events, where I relished partnering with clients to ensure their vision came to fruition. However, after volunteering with pre-school children (where I discovered the wonderful world of SEND) I have spent the last four years working at an inspiring school in Surrey for children with ASD. I am passionate about the importance of ensuring that we, as a society, overcome the shocking statistics and lack of meaningful employment opportunities for those with learning disabilities. It was this interest that drove me into recruitment, which, funnily enough, was also my very first job out of university.
The skills I gained in recruitment have proved invaluable to me throughout my career; actively listen to understand objectives & priorities and trust my own instincts to help people realise their potential. People are at the heart of the work I have done throughout my career. Good relationships based on trust, respect, collaboration and humour are the mainstay of my working beliefs.
Alongside my role at Peridot, I also serve as a Governor for Undershaw School. Not only does this allow me to provide strategic input for the direction of the school, but it means I get to keep in touch with their incredible staff and students, who inspire me daily. In the past I have served as Chair for the PTA for my son’s primary school, run my church creche and volunteered for Homestart. This involvement in meaningful groups, that work to bring about positive changes in communities, ultimately led me to Peridot, a company that holds people at their core.
On a more personal note, I am a big fan of all types of theatre. However, none more so than a good musical, preferably involving a tap number and lots of ‘jazz hands!’ Family and friends are central to my health and happiness, and I enjoy cooking and / or entertaining them (perhaps with a spot of karaoke). However, most of my weekends are spent watching my two sons on the side of a rugby pitch and washing their muddy kit!
If I were to describe myself in three words, I would use the words of one of my fabulous past students: “Short, but extremely kind and very funny!”