Tara Fisher- Operations Director

  • Tell us about your role and what you love about it.

“I’m the Operations Director for Work and Health Programme, JETS and NCS Southern Region. I lead the management of those contracts, setting the vision and focus for all of my teams, managing internal and external stakeholder relationships and creating and supporting a culture of excellence where no one gets left behind.

“The thing I love most about my job is seeing the difference we make to our participants’ progression and success towards and in work. I love that we know when a participant joins one of our programmes, we will help them to overcome barriers and progress to work. For some that will be small steps and for others it will be great leaps, but without exception everyone will get that support to move them forward at their pace.”

  • What was your first or most interesting job?

“My first job was as a Hairdresser, which I loved. I qualified at London College of Fashion and worked as a Hairdresser for 8 years. Actually, I do still do my family’s hair now!”

  • Favourite thing to do after work?

“Kickboxing!”

  • What advice would you give to someone who is looking for work at the moment?

“Persistence pays off and a ‘No’ is one step closer to a ‘Yes’, so never give up. Also remember, the interviewer wants to you get the job, so show them your most fabulous self.”

  • Favourite food, film and place?

“My favourite food is potato – it’s versatile, delicious, filling, and gives us crisps so you know…who wouldn’t love potatoes! My favourite film is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and my favourite place is Disneyland Florida, closely followed by Germany.”

  • Describe something interesting about yourself.

“I once tap-danced in front of the queen!”

  • Something that you’re proud of this month.

“I am immensely proud of the volume of participants we have supported into work this month. Record breaking numbers of people, families and lives we have helped change.” #NoOneLeftBehind

The Work and Health and Work and Health JETS programmes are funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.

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