Hello, I’m Allyson Walters, the new Operations Manager for the First Campus Hub. As a former child carer and someone who experienced early disruption to their education, I’m proud and excited to be working alongside colleagues who are deeply committed to supporting people who experience similar challenges.
The First Campus delivery team are providing life-changing opportunities for young, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our communities and I’m going to be responsible for the central communications functions, processes, analysis and reporting that support the delivery strands for the First Campus Partnership.
I’m an operations specialist with 17 years experience in retail organisations, the last ten spent with the John Lewis Partnership. My early career was spent as an engineer in the factories of South Wales with Sony, Panasonic and Bosch.
I’ve recently completed a sabbatical to study a full-time MBA at Cardiff University and to travel the world. The travel plans were curtailed by the current pandemic but I did manage to visit Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic states. It’s an extraordinary time to join the team and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Outside work I’m a keen sailor with cross-channel, Mediterranean, North African and Indian Ocean experience.