Holly, HR Officer

A busy mum to four children, Holly joined Launchpad in 2021 as our HR officer.  Passionate about the charity sector, she loves finding people who are the right fit for Launchpad’s mission and values.

What is your career background?

My mum instilled a passion for charity work in me from a young age, involving me in different charitable projects that she volunteered for.

When I started working, joining the charity sector was a given. Initially I started off in recruitment and worked for Dialogue Direct, an agency which helped charities like The Red Cross and Amnesty International to raise funds.

I had an opportunity to move to Australia in 2009, and there I decided to move into fundraising and took up a role with an agency which raised money for The Heart Foundation and The Cancer Council, called Integrate Fundraising. After that, I began working for Amnesty International in an individual giving role.

I’m very fortunate in that I’ve always gravitated towards jobs and organisations I’ve truly enjoyed.

What prompted your move to Launchpad?

Wanting my children to have a closer relationship with their grandparents and family, we moved back to the UK in 2018. Shortly after we came back, I was looking for a part time role in the charity sector and I came across a HR officer role at Launchpad.

I really liked the charity’s friendly and caring ethos, and the value they place on work-life balance. After seeing the work Launchpad does and meeting the team I’d be working with, I was sold on the role and going back into the HR side after my time in fundraising.

What does a typical day look like?

Every day is a surprise to me! I can be doing anything from helping employees with their development to reviewing an internal process. I also spend a fair amount of time on recruitment and inducting new starters. Every day is different and unpredictable.

What’s the favourite part of your job?

There aren’t many other departments in the organisation which works across so many teams. I love being collaborative and working closely with a range of people.

I also really enjoy recruitment – getting the right people in the right roles can have a huge impact on the charity’s success. Helping make people’s working lives better, even in a small way, is really rewarding too.”

What do you do in your spare time?

With four children under 9, there’s not much of it! We like to spend quality time together and do lots of family activities.

We are currently building a house which is taking quite a bit of time. As the build progresses, we’ll start to do some of the interior work ourselves.

Luckily I have amazingly supportive family on standby to help with the kids when we’re really juggling time.

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