Meet the Engagement Ambassadors
Name: Sarah Foster
Job Title: PA Manager
Service Group: Law and Governance (People Group)
Why you became an Engagement Ambassador? To help form practice and procedure within DBC based on the people who work here and give your views to make DBC a better place to work.
What you would say to other people considering becoming an Engagement Ambassador? You will meet like minded people all working towards the same goal of creating a great place to work.
Name: Hayley Jones
Job Title: Senior communications officer
Service Group: Operations
Why you became an Engagement Ambassador? Part of my role is the co-ordination of internal communications across the authority and the group is a great way to make new connections and challenge the way the organisation communicates with staff.
What you would say to other people considering becoming an Engagement Ambassador? If you want to give your views on the way we work and have a real say in the organisation EAG is a great group to be a part of. It doesn’t take up much time and is a really effective way of making a difference and promoting change.
Name: Sarah Travis
Job Title: Business Growth and Investment Officer
Service Group: Chief Executive’s Office & Economic Growth Group
Why you became an Engagement Ambassador?: Having been involved in something similar in a previous organisation, I feel it’s really beneficial for employees to be able to provide honest feedback on how things currently work and how they can be improved. It helps you connect with different teams within the council too, and gain a better understanding of how things work.
What you would say to other people considering becoming an Engagement Ambassador?: Do it! It’s really rewarding and great to know your input is helping shape things within the council for the better. The more people that get involved, the more knowledge and experience can be added to the mix, and even more can be achieved.
Name: Katie Greenwood (she/her)
Job Title: Town Centre Partnership & Events Officer
Service Group: Services
Why you became an Engagement Ambassador? It's a great opportunity to ask questions about the way we do things and to share my own perspective with a view to influencing the continuous improvement of our workplace.
What you would say to other people considering becoming an Engagement Ambassador? This is a chance for you and your colleagues to have your voices heard.
Name: Mark Walton
Job Title: Licensing Enforcement Officer
Why you became an Engagement Ambassador? I want to help the authority and its staff to improve processes and policies that will encourage a better way of working.
What you would say to other people considering becoming an Engagement Ambassador? I feel that putting your point across is very important. By being an Engagement Ambassador it allows you to have that voice.
Name: Lucy Norton
Job Title: Advanced Practitioner
Why you became an Engagement Ambassador? I like the idea of different staffing layers working together to remove barriers/ perceived barriers. I believe the engagement group places value on; peoples contributions , giving people a place, forum or a voice to be heard and make a difference. HR/ SLT’s are keen to promote a; positive , healthy and respectful work place and I want to support that . I would like to encourage others, support others to have their contributions, thoughts, opinions and feelings shared. I believe communication is key and that the best decisions can be made by collaboration and working relationally. I believe there is a lot of talent / skill and want to see as much of this being used as possible and when people feel valued/ are affirmed they perform better. I like working within this organisations and think it is important for the organisation to do what it can to retain and develop staff.
What you would say to other people considering becoming an Engagement Ambassador? Do it !
Name: Vicki Lewis
Job Title: Senior Health and Safety Advisor
Why you became an Engagement Ambassador? I became an engagement ambassador as I am keen to ensure that all voices are heard and I want to support the Council in developing engagement and communication strategies at all levels on all subjects. I felt as though working in the Health and Safety Team placed me in a great position to help the vision become a reality as I work with a wide variety of services and have regular contact with managers and staff in a range of settings.
What you would say to other people considering becoming an Engagement Ambassador? Give it a go, it is a great way to have your voice heard and have an opinion on the things that effect people the most.
Name: Anthony Hall
Job Title: Superintendent Registrar
Group: Operations Group
Why you became an Engagement Ambassador? : I wanted to be a voice for my colleagues, to share my experience and knowledge, but also to learn from other colleagues in my workplace, contributing towards ideas that will bring about change and improvements for all colleagues and ultimately to benefit the customer.
What you would say to other people considering becoming an Engagement Ambassador ? The EAG Group is a great way to rethink of what we do and why, to network with colleagues I don’t know within the workplace and learn about their service areas, to share ideas on how we can be the best employee that we can be and ultimately to provide the best service for the customer and represent Darlington in the best way that we can.
Name: Pauline Gordon
Job Title: Teaching Assistant
Name: Gillian Fox
Job Title: Private Sector Housing Officer
Name: Alaine McCartney
Job Title: Learning and Skills Manager
Name: Julie Wheatley
Job Title: Team Manager -Adult Social Care
Name: Gary Aislabie
Job Title: Assistant Team Leader