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A Head of partnerships is responsible for expanding community relations and informing partners of strategic business goals. They also analyze current industry trends to identify business opportunities.

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What’s It Like To Be Head of Partnerships?

What does your role involve?

Many moving parts. From organising meetings and conferences to putting together funding applications and reports. Having the ability to get work done while always thinking about opportunities that might be around the corner.

What road did you take to get to your current role?

A windy road with a couple of T intersections.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Art and Architecture of the Italian Renaissance – very useful) I began working in Marketing and Sales in entertainment organisations (Village Nine Leisure and Network 10). A couple of years after the birth of my first child Autism came into my life and my priorities/interests changed. I upskilled myself on child psychology and began supporting other parents who had children with a disability. During this time I worked for a charity (Berry Street) who supported children, their families and the rural community I was then living in. I loved this work and felt that my skills and heart were finally aligned. When this contract ended I began working for a small charity that supports the education of nomadic children in northern India through the sponsorship of their education. And that all led me to where I now find myself, at Cool, working with an amazing bunch of people who do amazing work.

What’s one thing you love about your job and one thing you would leave behind if you could?

Love: The variety in the work I do (and the people I work with)
Leave: Deadlines

What is your superpower??

Kindness.

Tell us your fave quote…

‘The earth laughs in flowers’ and ‘What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us’ Ralph Waldo Emerson