Next in our series of staff introductions we hear from Development Officer Louise.
In 140 characters, what is your role at the ALLIANCE?
Well I’m new to the Self Management Team in the ALLIANCE but I was a Development Officer in the Integration Support Team for 4 ½ years prior to this so I’ve a lot of experience of the challenges and opportunities of Health and Social Care Integration. Prior to this I worked for EVOC, NVCO (the English SCVO) in London (I don’t miss THAT commute), and a CVS in south east Kent. Before that it was ten years in various public sector organisations so I also understand the challenges faced by them.
Biggest learning experience in previous or current role?
The importance of “pacing” yourself. I’m a pretty full on perfectionist and often have ridiculous expectations of myself and what I should achieve. I have a central nervous system condition called Fibromyalgia which means widespread chronic pain and fatigue all the time and I’ve had to teach myself the importance of “good enough” sometimes. The temptation to do everything at 100 miles an hour is still there but I’m also much more aware of the implications of that now and sloooooow down a bit as often as I can
Twitter, Facebook or Instagram?
Twitter for work, Facebook for personal. I’m a bit of a luddite where it comes to Instagram, and don’t even start me on Snapchat.. 😉
In my spare time I like…
Live music. We’ve got a rather neurotic Cavapoo dog called Tucker so we don’t get to go out very often but when we do its generally to gigs. My favourite ever gig was Deacon Blue at the Barrowlands a couple of years ago but are also massive fans of the Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, seen them over 50 times
When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?
I used to do a lot of practical conversation volunteering and wanted to be a warden or a ranger on a nature reserve. My degree is in Countryside Management, if you’d told me at 18 that I’d have an office job I’d have laughed you out of the room!
Trade places with someone for one day, who would it be?
Anyone on a warm, sunny desert island with a fruity cocktail?
Planes, trains or automobiles?
As someone who used to have a three hour round trip commute into London every day you’d think trains were my idea of hell but there’s something about travelling by train for a work trip that sparks my productive mode – I get so much work done!
Stay tuned for more staff (re)introductions in the coming weeks.