Each month we have been interviewing a member of the Agile Business Consortium community. For September's spotlight interview, we have our Head of Membership, Rachel Mclinn.
How long have you been working for Agile Business Consortium?
I started at the Consortium in May 2018, so I have been working here for around eighteen months now.
What's your current job title?
I first started as Membership and International Coordinator and am now Head of Membership.
How would you describe yourrole to a child?
In this company, we have a big club that people can join if they are interested in something called business agility. In this club they can learn from each other and have fun talking about this thing they have in common – business agility. It is my job to look after this club and to make sure that they are happy.
Before working at the consortium, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I’ve cleaned ambulances before, worked in a plastic surgery clinic as well as managing actors for a children’s theatre company in London – quite a mixed bag!
What’s the first thing you do when you start the workday?
I start my morning the same every day. After making a cup of tea, which all my colleagues will know is very important to me (haha), I’ll turn my phone on, check LinkedIn, check the new member forum for any comments or discussions and then start working through my emails before moving on to larger projects of the day.
What Agile techniques do you use in your day to day life?
I use MoSCoW prioritisation quite a lot during my working day. I often prioritise my week’s workload using this technique which stops me from feeling overwhelmed and helps me to stay on top of all my tasks I need to complete by their deadlines.
What do you enjoy doing out of work?
I’m studying counselling outside of my full-time work so I can often be found completing homework or reading theory books when not in the office. However, I also love films so can often be found at the cinema with my flatmate – always go for a sweet and salty popcorn…
Tell us a random fact about you?
I’m scared of whales! Whenever an Attenborough documentary is on and a whale’s tail is spotted, I can’t watch it. As a kid, I always had dreams about being on a little fishing boat (I’ve never gone fishing) and being thrown out of my boat by a jumping whale. Nothing should be that big!
What is your motto or personal mantra?
I don’t think I really have a motto or mantra, however my Dad has always taught me (and often reminds me) “you encourage what you tolerate.”
Recommended book and why?
My favourite book of all time is ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver. Such a gripping read and a great exploration of nature vs nurture.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Agile Business Conference?
I’m really looking forward to being face to face with more of our members, running the member-only pre-conference event and getting the chance to learn more about how we can further improve the Consortium’s membership scheme.
At the Consortium, Rachel’s role is to be the voice of the member network at HQ. She looks after the member strategy and is the first point of call for member enquiries. Rachel also leads the ambassador programme for the Consortium, supporting our representatives all over the globe. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys yoga as well as curling up on the sofa with a good book.
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