There are two elements to my role. Firstly I build relationships with businesses and employers across the Sheffield City Region to provide industry tours, placements and permanent employment opportunities for our clients on the Talent Match and Doing Good Business programmes. I also provide Business Development support which involves identifying and responding to new opportunities to raise finance through applications to grant funding and tender opportunities that support each of our key areas of operation.
I have had a varied career in the academic, voluntary and corporate sectors, primarily in senior strategic and business development roles. I have extensive experience of innovation and technology development in commercial environments, but have always kept my interest in VCSEs, maintaining my contacts in the Sheffield network, including Chairing the Board of Directors for the River Stewardship Company for over 2 years until March 2017.
What is the highlight of your role? Talking to businesses and potential funders about the great work that we do, and contributing to a sustainable, long term future for our organisation.
Why is Groundwork South Yorkshire great? We are client centred, but business focused. There's a real entrepreneurial spirit and can do attitude to everything we do.