Q: Describe your day-to-day responsibilities.
A: On any given day, I focus mainly on working with my offshore team to support our data supply chain and a number of other key products and services. In addition, I get to work on our Corporate and Social Responsibilities such as our #DoGood initiatives, fundraising for local charities and also being a part of the UK Great Place to Work Team.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: Feeling valued and being rewarded for it is a fundamental part of loving any job. I am proud to say that I was nominated for and won a D&B Ampersand Award in the Inherently Generous category. Standing up and receiving my glass trophy from the D&B CEO in front of the entire global business, and being cheered for it, meant so much. To have been recognized by colleagues from all over the world for all that I do in my role is such a great feeling, especially when I have made a difference to them, and our customers. I am immensely proud to have been recognized as one of the four quarterly winners out of such a huge global company.
Q: What skills or characteristics have helped you succeed in your role?
A: I would say that I bring an element of fun to all that I do. I am a creative ideas person so will always be thinking of ways we can do things differently or look to plant seeds to get others thinking that way. A meeting has to be lively to encourage others to talk out and keep our brains ticking over, and I'm not afraid to challenge. Having a sense of humor and a "go get it" approach means I do get myself involved in all sorts of things. But if I can help in any way, I will. There are those that Do and those that Don’t, and I am definitely in the Do category!
Q: Describe the culture in your office.
A: D&B is a company of change, we are changing and moving all the time, so you have to be able to accept change and move with it. It is the culture at D&B that I love, and I can only describe it as a "people thing". It is the people you work with, whom you bounce ideas off, have a time out and laugh with, solve problems with that make it a great place to work. Our office environment is pretty great too with plenty of benefits, daily fresh fruit, tea and coffee on tap - plus if you need to work from home, you are also equipped to do so.
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
A: Outside of the office I am actually a Sergeant Instructor with the Army Cadet Force, so an adult volunteer who looks after a platoon of young male and female adults. My son is 15-years old and taking him to Cadets meant I got involved too. We inspire our cadets to achieve by teaching them a number of key skills and leadership management too. We take them on adventure training, which includes life preserving first aid skills, command tasks and navigation - and that's just some of it. It is rewarding to see quiet, shy 12-year olds walk in and then watch them leave us at 18 years having turned in to strong, confident all-rounded adults. I also let off steam on the netball court playing in a defensive position for a local team, and I am a Level 1 netball coach for our junior club members. Then to wind down I do enjoy a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc (or two) and love to cook up a feast for the family.