Meet Beth, one of our Project Coordinators

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Beth Gillespie joined our team of Project Coordinators about a month ago.
She is really excited about her new role, and she is looking forward to watching the outcomes that great teamwork brings to the projects.

Find out more about her:

You have only been with ICS Assessment Services for a month now – what are you looking forward to the most at ICS Assessment Services? 

I am looking forward to seeing the outcomes as the project progresses and knowing that they result from the team working together. I am very grateful for the opportunity to develop my knowledge of Children's Services and other aspects of ICS Assessments, thanks to my colleagues' encouragement. I look forward to when we can get back into the office and finally meet face to face.

What does a typical day look like for you, and what are you currently working on? 

I start my day with a team meeting. This has been a really great way to get to know everyone in a remote working environment. It's always a positive meeting, which sets my week up nicely. 
Today, after the meeting, I completed payments from the previous week before creating a genogram, which was needed for an urgent meeting later that afternoon. Following this, I worked on the weekly audit. This allows us to track progress on a variety of performance indicators, to ensure we are going beyond the Local Authorities' expectations. 
I usually finish my day by setting up and minuting a conference call for a multi-agency meeting. My day is only interrupted by my dog barking at people walking past twice, a new record!

What might (someone) be surprised to know about you? 

A few years ago, I worked at Walt Disney World, Florida. I did a variety of things, from helping Mickey Mouse greet guests to giving VIP tours in one of the theme parks.

How does a project coordinator make a difference for our Children's services? 

It has been really great to see how working as a team, with ICS Assessment Services and the Local Authority, can improve children and their families' outcomes. Social Workers have a very challenging role, and as a Project Coordinator, I can offer them support with administrative tasks to alleviate pressure. These tasks are often simple but time-consuming. Completing these tasks allows social workers more time to complete direct work with children and families. It is really rewarding to be able to provide support for people who go above and beyond to keep young people safe.

Lastly, what do you love about your role?

I love that every day is different. By providing support for social workers, you can be called on to assist with various tasks. It's important to prioritise your work; it helps to learn a variety of different skills. It has been a very interesting introduction to a company given the circumstances, but I feel grateful to have received the welcome and support from every member of the team.