Hello, I am the Director responsible for the business support teams of HR, Marketing and Customer Care, Accounts and Finance.
My teams are responsible for ensuring all our clubs have all the support they need allowing them to focus their time on meeting the needs and proving amazing experiences for the children.
It is fair to say I had never really envisaged myself having a career working with children! During my twenties I spent a lot of time travelling whilst trying to work out what I wanted to do. I was lucky; in 1998 I started working for a software company in London as a receptionist. Through enthusiasm, determination, hard work and my only qualification a BTEC in Business Studies, I was promoted to Office Manager, and by the time I left in 2005 I was the European Marketing Manager.
With hindsight, it was a brave decision to leave. I had a job I loved, worked with a fantastic team and was well respected by my colleagues. But, I’d realised my travelling days weren’t over. At the grand old age of 37 I was back on the road with my trusty backpack and soon to be husband and a desire to find a role that was more socially conscious. At that stage, I had no idea that would involve working with my sister!
When I came back, I started volunteering to help Sam out. The company had grown, and the finances had become too much for her to manage on her own. I had absolutely no experience of working with children, but loved working with Sam and the philosophy of the company she had set up, so I was delighted when she suggested that I join the company. With Sam responsible for the clubs, and me responsible for marketing, administration and accounts we started to grow the business.
This was a great model and all was going well until Sam went on maternity leave! Suddenly, I was no longer the Director in the shadows; I was running a company that I did not feel qualified to run! I had spent years letting people know that I was happy to stand up and present in front of 100 adults, but that managing 5 children terrified me! Fortunately we have a team of exceptional people who love working with children and who do it very well. Nevertheless, I was pleased when Sam returned from maternity and we could revert to our areas of specialisation!
Although, I may not actually be so inexperienced with children as I imagine…I am aunt to two nieces and one nephew and they describe me as a good child but a poor adult. When I think back to all the times I have forgotten snacks, first aid kits, appropriate clothing, bed time and loads more, I realise just how easy my sisters make parenting look. The good child element means we have great fun together, and at heart, I am just a big kid who loves to play!
I don’t just love to play; I also love the benefits play brings to children and as a result the wider society. Although I do not work with children directly as part of my role, I am a huge advocate of the benefits play. So, it has been a pleasure to become a trustee of Play England, the national charity supporting children’s play, and to lead their strategy sub-committee. Funding cuts have meant the charity currently does not have any paid employees, and I love working with a small group who are passionate about children’s play to help change this so play can get the funding and recognition it deserves.
I am currently studying for a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at University of Brighton. In 2014 my husband was accepted on a 5-month course in Dorchester, and a friend suggested looking at the University website to find a part-time course to fill the time whilst he was away…I thought I might find a French group for 6 months…that didn’t happen! I was very quickly drawn to the MBA. I was still relying on my BTEC to support the needs of a growing business and what I loved about the MBA was I could short cut onto the Master’s course without the need to first obtain a degree. My husband finished his course in 2015, and I am still studying! It has been a fantastic and very enjoyable course and I have loved the studying and subsequent practical application to Class Of Their Own.
When I am not working, studying or playing, I enjoy playing tennis, cycling, cinema and comedy and of course, travelling!
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Clair is our Operations Manager. She has been working for Class Of Their Own since 2007. Clair's wide ranging knowledge enables her to provide a link between the office and clubs.Read More
Sally joined Class Of Their Own as HR Manager in September 2014, having taken a couple of years away from work while having her twins. She is responsible for creating and implementing our strategic HR plans and overseeing all our HR activities.Read More
Majda is our Marketing Manager. She joined Class Of Their Own in 2018, with over 15 years of experience in Brand, Marketing and Communications within the aviation industry and the third sector.Read More
Emma joined Class Of Their Own in November 2011 as an Administrator. Since then, Emma's role has grown and now she manages our Administration team.Read More
Ryan is the Club Co-ordinator at Brunswick Juniors and has worked for Class Of Their Own since 2008. He has completed both his Level 2 & 3 in Playwork and holds a Football Coaching qualification.Read More
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