Scott Says: September 2015 Update from the WICT UK President

Well it’s definitely the end of the summer with all the rain  we’ve been having!

I’m writing this month’s newsletter introduction from Liberty Global’s offices as I’ve just transferred to a new role as VP, People for our Finance and Support functions. After six years at Virgin Media I was sad to leave however I’m thrilled to join our parent company at such an exciting time. The industry we work in is ever changing and at such pace and with starting a new role my contacts at WICT  and the people I regularly meet are an invaluable source of information and support.

In preparation for my move I reminded myself of how  important it is to take the time to build relationships, listen, learn and reflect before launching into action. It’s so important to understand the context of operations particularly in a support function.  I’m learning a lot and also beginning to think about areas I  need to gain exposure to in order to aid  my knowledge development.  Having structured induction meetings is so important regardless of your level  in an organisation!

One area that has been great development for me over the last 18 months has been leading  the WICT UK Board and I’m delighted to announce two new appointments to this as we continue to develop our remit and activities. Lorraine Delanoy (Turner) has joined as our Membership Chair covering Sarah O’Connor’s maternity leave, and Judy Goldberg joins as our Mentoring Director. Judy runs her own training consultancy, Wondershift, and we know her well from her excellent facilitation at our Q2 event.  Judy will  start to investigate a Mentoring programme for WICT UK to launch in 2016. We warmly welcome both Lorraine and Judy to the Board.  I’ve taken this opportunity to share with you the full Board contact list should you wish to  make contact with any of us. They all do an amazing job of these voluntary roles  whilst delivering in their busy day jobs and I’d like to publicly thank them for all  that they do.

The team are busy preparing for our Q3 event at Discovery on the 24 September. We have an amazing panel line up and I look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,

Helen