The STEM Ambassador Hub North East has acquired a new addition to the team this month in the face of Suzy Rennison who has joined the hub at Sunderland as a STEM Relationship and Monitoring Manager.
Originally from Yorkshire, Suzy has recently relocated to the North East from London where she’s lived and worked over the past few years. She tells us more about her experience career to date in the next few lines.
Tell us about your experience to date, in a nutshell, please, Suzy?
I’m originally from Beverley in East Yorkshire and studied at Sheffield University. When I left, I moved to London to start working in the international sales department of a large publishing company and spent 10 years selling and marketing books abroad. I made a complete career change in 2015, joining the Careers Service at the London School of Economics on a temporary contract where I advised organisations hoping to recruit LSE students, and delivered a programme of careers activities to the student body. Following the end of that contract, I spent almost three years at the charity Leonard Cheshire managing employer engagement with the public and charity sectors. I have just moved up to the North East to be close to family and am looking forward to getting to know the region better as part of the STEM team going out and about to schools and events.
What was your last role before you joined the team here?
I worked for the disability charity Leonard Cheshire on their flagship internship programme, Change 100, which connects disabled university students and graduates with summer internships. My role as an Employer Relationship Manager was to identify and support employer partners to take on our interns, and ensure the placement was a success for both the interns and the organisations.
What will your role with RTC entail and what will your main focus be?
In my role as STEM Relationship & Monitoring Manager I will be developing and managing connections with organisations, stakeholders and partners both regionally and nationally. I’ll be raising awareness and understanding of the STEM agenda, with a particular focus on the new North East Ambition programme. I will also be getting involved in monitoring and evaluation, project compliance and reporting, and supporting the STEM team wherever I can across Bring it On, the STEM Hub and Mentoring.
What are the top 3 things you like about what you do?
Working in the youth sector is really rewarding; I love creating opportunities for young people to fulfil their potential and challenging and changing the perceptions of business leaders. Every day is different and I’m really looking forward to getting involved in all of the programmes which the STEM team look after.