Welcome Ros. Can you tell us a little about why we are meeting today?
Yes, I’m the new Operations Manager for the Growing Club. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in.
Great news! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve lived in Lancaster for thirteen years – I was made to feel so welcome that I’ve made this my permanent home.
I love being outside in nature, singing, and spending time with my cat.
I feel that running my own business, Wildlife Wellbeing Walks, and my life’s experience allow me to understand and empathise with other women in the Growing Club.
One thing that people may not know about me is that I have a basic qualification in dry stone walling!
How does what you have learned from nature apply to your new role?
Taking the time to pause and notice what is around is really important. In nature if you just ‘jump in’ you will scare everything away.
There is also a relationship of ‘give and take’ which can be applied in business.
Finally, being in nature is grounding and calming and I hope that I bring with me some of this presence.
What appealed to you about the role and why did you apply?
I am hugely motivated to ‘give back’ and make a difference to people, and the Growing Club has given me such a lot.
The role also offers me an opportunity to work in a sustainably growing organisation with people I really respect.
The Growing Club is a much loved organisation locally, inspiring women and change. How do you plan to serve the needs of the community?
I plan to listen, for a start, and make sure that we hear every woman’s voice. We are a diverse group with different backgrounds, and I want to ensure that each and every woman’s needs are met.
I’m looking for a multi-functional space where women can learn, grow and meet each other in a supportive community.
I also want to reach more women in every area of our society.
This is where I see things going. It’s really exciting!
As in interview, November 2023, by Laura Feinberg www.thestrictlysustainablewriter.com