My role involves leading a team of 26 to deliver ICT enabled projects. Currently my team are delivering approximately 21 projects across the force. These include internal projects to put in a new system or national projects which all forces are implementing.
My day will involve meeting with my teams to check on the progress of their project, attending meetings locally, nationally or having other forces join us to give them demonstrations and updates. I also spend time talking to individuals regarding their wellbeing, or meeting with other managers to develop and write strategies. My day can be very varied!
I left school after doing my GCSE’s in 1991 and came to the police force and started on a youth training scheme. That gave me a lot of experience in a lot of different departments including operational policing and back office functions. I was then successful in securing an admin assistant role in the collisions investigations department.
I then left the Constabulary for a few years and had my children and ran a children’s clothes shop in Penrith, before returning to the constabulary in 2005. I started working in the vettings department and then progressed to the central ticket office and then joined the project environment where I am now. I started out as a test team manager, leading a team of six to nine people at any one time, and from there I was promoted to business analyst. That was a great job, working on projects and gathering requirements for new systems, mapping the processes that were used and testing the systems before training officers and staff on how to use it.
I am fortunate that the constabulary has supported me through several exams; including Business Analytics, Prince2 Foundation & Practionnaire and Managing Successful Programmes (MSP). These are all great qualifications to have and provide me with the tools to fulfil my role. Being supported by my managers to complete the qualifications has really helped me to succeed.
I was promoted to the role of senior project management and subsequently head of business development back in March 2017. It’s been quite a journey, but an exciting and challenging one.
The Constabulary is a great environment to work in. Everyone is willing to work as a team and to approach each other and ask for help. People work closely and they’re not only colleagues but friends as well and socialise together, which might include going to the cinema, out for a run at lunchtime, or meeting up after work to go to an exercise class. It’s a community spirit, not just a working environment.