Kerry tells us how he has progressed his career with Cedar in his new role  

What’s your job title?

I have recently taken up the post of Business Support Deputy Manager

How long have you worked for Cedar?

I started as an Administrator with Training Services at the Balmoral site in October 2002 so that is coming on for 18 years now!

What does your job entail?

This is a new role, so I am slowly learning what it entails. It is mostly centred around providing assistance and support to the ECI Director and Heads of Service as well as supporting administration processes across the directorate.

What is a typical day like?

I started in late January this year and then started working from home in late March, so I really haven’t experienced a fully ‘typical day’ yet. A lot of my time is spent gathering information from all the different programmes across the directorate, so the information is readily available for those who need it and when they need it.

What’s your favourite memory from your work so far?

In the 'old days', on Christmas Eve, Balmoral staff and their families (and pets) would meet up for a big Christmas ‘fry up’. It was a great way to start off the Christmas break, although admittedly not the healthiest way!


What do you like most about your job?

I really enjoy working with a huge range of people across the directorate. There are over 170 staff working in 39 different departments within the ECI directorate and I get to dip my toes into each of these departments.


Why do you like working for Cedar?

I have only ever worked in the voluntary sector as I believe in trying to improve society.

"I feel Cedar is a key player in supporting those who are most excluded in society.
Also, the support of caring colleagues has been great and much appreciated over the years".


What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I have an allotment and spend time there, mostly growing weeds.


What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know?

I lived in North Jutland in Denmark for a year with a host family when I was 17 and had to learn Danish which isn’t the most useful language to have up your sleeve. However, I learned how to say ‘Rødgrød med fløde’ – check it out on YouTube.  Literally translated it means ‘red porridge with cream’, but it’s a dessert of mashed strawberries. Having Danish did come in very handy when watching the T series ‘The Bridge’, a detective drama set in Denmark and Sweden.

Thank you Kerry for sharing your Cedar story.

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