What do you do at Become?
Together with my job-share partner, Rhiannon, we’re responsible for promoting Become’s work and raising awareness of issues affecting care experienced children and young people. We do this by bringing to life the experiences of the young people we work with, as well as researching the key issues that need to change to improve their lives, and campaigning to put these on the agenda. Through our work we aim to influence government and other national and local decisions makers, as well as drive public support. Throughout everything we do we’re committed to ensuring the voices of the young people we represent meaningfully shape all aspects of the work.
Can you say a bit about your past experience and qualifications?
My experience is in communications, public affairs and campaigns roles in a range of voluntary and public sector organisations, mainly in the children’s, social care and health sectors, including the Local Government Association, the General Social Care Council and NSPCC. In recent years, my main focus has been on campaigning, helping charities develop a sharp focus on where they can bring about transformative changes to people’s lives and developing integrated campaigns and public affairs strategies to achieve these.
What do you like about working at Become?
I love working in such a cohesive team, where everyone is so dedicated to the work to bring about the best outcomes for care experienced young people. I also enjoy working in a small organisation which allows us to work in an agile way, and to think creatively to achieve real impact.
What drives you?
I am driven by having clear goals for bringing about change on issues I care about, and having the opportunity to devote focus, energy and innovation to achieving them. I particularly enjoy bringing together different teams to find ways to achieve goals in an integrated way.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I love playing tennis (though am not very good), spending time at my caravan on Mersea Island, cooking and seeing friends.