I am a Partnership and Business Development Assistant at GCA. My role is to support the Executive Director for UK, Middle East and India in his key deliverables of engaging and partnering with key organizations in support of the distribution of GCA’s solutions as well as leading on initiatives that support GCA’s mission.
I need to do a job that means something to me. I can’t simply go to work to earn a salary. I started my professional career in law enforcement and since then have worked in organizations that deliver on social agendas that are important to me. I don’t have to be hands-on but I need to know that I’m contributing to that mission. Working with GCA is another aspect and one which, however tentative the connection, brings me back to my law enforcement roots.
I come from an eclectic professional background – from law enforcement, working with schools to get children more active, working in child weight management and briefly, the finance sector. And the roles I’ve had for over a decade have been project related; I am a qualified project manager. That varied background and the project work bring with it a breadth of knowledge and skills that can adapt to pretty much any environment. And for a decade, I worked with disparate professionals across continents which very closely mirrors the GCA environment.
With my background in project management, I particularly enjoy the projects that we’re working on. Working with the teams across GCA, hearing the enthusiasm from the different external stakeholders as they see the value in what we’re doing, some who had even considered the approach themselves but recognized that it needs an independent third party to drive it forward. And it’s very satisfying to see a solution come out of those discussions that can support the GCA mission.
What is your favorite quote?
“Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.” Douglas Bader in Reach for the Sky
Where is your favorite place in the world?
St. Mawes, a small coastal village in Cornwall, the “toe” of England. My family has been going there for years and I have many fond memories.
What is on your bucket list?
I would love to do a flight in a Spitfire. I am a reservist in the Royal Air Force and have always had a passion for aircraft, World War II aircraft in particular.