Apache: my proudest moment
I think there’s so many things you can be proud of when working at DE&S, knowing that the work you’re doing is helping to keep our armed forces and our nation safe. My role working on the Apache helicopter is one that stands out for me. We were just procuring it when I started here, so it was really new and exciting. When I went to Yeovil and saw the trial aircraft taking off – that was a truly fulfilling moment. Being able to go to the airfield to see a real tangible output of my work, and knowing I was a part of delivering that platform, was really exciting. When it was deployed, I volunteered to be on 24/7 call out while they were doing snow trials, and I absolutely loved it. When you hear stories of how they’ve been used to save someone’s life, it’s a very proud personal moment for me.
Bringing my whole self to work
Here, I really feel like I can bring my whole self to work. I think there is a misconception that everyone who works in the Civil Service can be quite serious or ‘stuffy’, but that’s definitely not the case. We don’t all think the same and we all have different backgrounds and experiences. And we have fun too! I’m not afraid to be a leader and show my personality. I laugh, I smile, and I can absolutely be myself.
By bringing our whole selves to work, I think it allows the organisation to have a much richer culture and encourages people to test new ideas. We’re not perfect, people do have flaws and people make mistakes. But that culture allows us to be open and honest with each other, and I think that style of leadership will encourage and inspire other people to feel they can be too.