Our Finance Team & Training Team has grew in rapid numbers over the past few months. Our new team members are certainly part of The W.O family now, and we’d like you to get to know them too. Over the coming weeks we will be sitting down with new staff to find out more about their interests, delve into their past and discover how they ended up with us at The Women’s Organisation. Up first is Jenny Wallwork, she is our new Training Development Specialist and will be working on the new ‘Change It: Progress to Success’ programme at 54 St James Street and Everton Children’s Centre.
What’s your full name and where are you from?
Jenny Wallwork, born and bred in Liverpool
Tell me how you first found out about The Women’s Organisation and become part of our team?
I first found out about The Women’s Organisation, when I noticed a vacancy for a Training and Development Specialist which was advertised, I did what most people do and googled to find out more about the WO and its values and beliefs. Straight away, I was taken in by the support and diversity that they offered and decided to apply. I was lucky enough to be asked for interview and as they say the rest is history.
What kind of things have you done prior to coming to The Women’s Organisation?
As a teacher/trainer I have worked within Further Education and for over 10 years I worked within Sefton Local Authority delivering Family Learning programmes within the community. I then worked for a wonderful charity called Home-Start delivering training on a national basis, throughout the UK and also British Forces Germany.
What has surprised you about working at The Women’s Organisation?
I am really impressed with the buzz about the place, whether working for the WO or seeing the amount of tenants and people who hire rooms for training and conferences at 54 St James Street. The work ethic is incredible, it literally is head down and coming up for air for coffee and lunch Ha!
What’s the best thing about working at The Women’s Organisation?
It is a wonderful environment to work in, energetic, productive and inspiring. To have the opportunity to help and guide women regardless of background is a privilege.
Could you describe one of your typical workdays?
We are currently in the process of launching a new 8-week personal development programme called ‘Change it’ Progress to Success‘ course. Most days, I have been networking within the local community and local children’s centres, promoting and marketing and building a rapport with contacts within the area. The programme is due to start in a couple of weeks, whereby I will be delivering out in the community and also at 54 St James Street .. Exciting times!
What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?
A few things, from leaving college I joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service and lived in Norway for 2 years, working for NATO, with my daily office being at the centre of a huge mountain.
In my younger days (very young) I played for a ladies football team.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I enjoy family time, spending time with my two grown up children is a pleasure, one lives and works in London, whilst the other is studying at Glasgow University. (opposite ends of the UK, do you think they are trying to tell me something!) I enjoy my Zumba classes and I am a season ticket holder at Liverpool Football Club, have been for over 30 years. Spending time with friends is important to me and I have a large circle of lifelong friends, with whom I meet up with as often as possible. Life is never dull, there is always something happening within the Wallwork household