You could say I am the poster girl for apprenticeships! I began my career as a Customer Service Apprentice within a high street cinema chain; the traditional further education route just wasn’t for me. I wanted my independence and through an apprenticeship, I realised I could earn and learn at the same time. I loved it so much that a couple of years later I applied to be a trainee work-based assessor and the rest, as they say, is history. 18 years later and I’ve managed to build a career, collect a plethora of qualifications and experience and all without any student debt!
I have held posts at director level within providers large and small and managed a multitude of funding streams. I have experience in both quality and operations, which gives me a uniquely well-rounded and balanced view of organisational needs. Early in my career, I won an award for being Workplace Mentor of the Year. The trophy is still proudly on display at home. It reminds me of the importance to bring others with you on a journey.
Managing large operational teams, I’ve seen my share of internal recruitment and worked with many recruitment partners over the years, some good and some not so good! My experience offers a huge advantage in that I hold a detailed understanding of many of the roles that are being recruited, and the skills and experience needed by candidates. I can hopefully put my experience to good use by offering a credible yet impartial perspective on the recruitment process.
I am forever amazed by the FE sector; its resilience is something that inspires me. Work-based learning, Skills and Employability providers are constantly pivoting to keep up with policy, funding and regulatory changes and on top of that, they must remain agile in order to respond to the needs of a rapidly changing working world. As a result, the sector must recruit, develop and retain high-quality leadership, which was my key motivation for joining the team at Peridot.
In my spare time, I volunteer for the English Ice Hockey Association as a national programme coordinator for u16 girls and division 2 women’s leagues. Ice Hockey is a minority sport in the UK and even more so for women and girls. Both my daughters play and hopefully, my role will help to increase both participation and the opportunities available in the sport for them and other female athletes like them.
For fun, I try to find a little fun in everything, but my happy place is spending time with my family, preferably with a gin in hand!
Three words to describe me, I have often been described as courageous, kind and versatile which I certainly hope to demonstrate here.