I am one of the Operations Managers for the East of Scotland and I started this role in March 2020. My role involves developing, leading and managing support services in the Dundee locality. I also support four Service Managers to develop and deliver excellent services. I am highly inspired by the innovative and creative ways that our teams support people. Learning and development has always interested me and it is very rewarding to train new and existing members of staff and see them develop in their career.
My career journey into social care and development began after I graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2013; I started working as a Support Worker for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Mental health and human development became a great interest of mine which lead me to pursue a career in adult support services. Every day I would pass by Carr Gomm’s office and it motivated me to apply for a job here. I started working with Carr Gomm in October 2014, working in a number of services across East Lothian (Cameron and Park services) and then I moved to our Edinburgh services.
My highlight of working with Carr Gomm so far was in 2019. Ben Macpherson, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development, came to meet our staff from European countries that are based in Edinburgh which included staff at the services I managed. It was an amazing opportunity to share my working experience and the importance of recognising the value of European workers in social care.
In my time off, I play women’s rugby and American football. I also really enjoy cooking for my family and playing with my cat, Poppy. I really like detective stories and, more recently, have been reading a lot of Michael Connelly (I really like his detective stories)!
If I was stranded on an island the three things that I would take would be a surf board (I have always wanted to learn how to surf), a notebook and pen, and unlimited a supply of Skittles – I love them!