Many of my blogs have been spent discussing my actual work at the Eye Hospital and I have therefore neglected the best part about working at the office…the people who work here! They are quite an eclectic bunch and all have something truly unique to bring to the table. So I thought that I would take a bit of time to tell you a little but more about them….
Nicky is the Head of Fundraising and Marketing here at the Eye Hospital. Well I think ‘Head’ is quite an understatement (perhaps Guru of Fundraising would be more fitting)! It has been amazing to work alongside Nicky because she is absolutely incredible at her job. She somehow finds a balance between being passionate about her job, being generally brilliant at fundraising and lastly (and I think most importantly) she makes the time to listen to and be thoughtful to those around her.
Dominic is the Eye Hospitals Communications and Administration Officer. I think the best way to describe him is Nicky’s right hand man. He is one of the hardest working and most dedicated people I have ever met and is truly enthusiastic about working here. I spoke to him at the beginning of the week and he was telling me that over the weekend he had been thinking about one particular task he had been doing at the Eye Hospital. Well, I think you will join me in taking my hat off to him, as there are not many people who would be thinking about work at the weekend! He is probably one of the nicest people I have ever met and is always chirpy and good for a chat. Also, he is probably one of the biggest coffee and tea drinkers I have ever met too!
Geof is our Trusts and Campaigns Manager. Most of my work here at the office has been under the guidance of Geof. He has given me the responsibility of some interesting and complex projects such as the Adwords campaign. We have been given a charity grant by Google to advertise The Eye Hospital on the Google search engine. So, I have been working with Geof to construct the format of these campaigns.
Earlier on in the week, we were having a team meeting and we spoke about Geof’s work on the website and on Jerusalem Scene. It really struck me how talented Geof must be in order to create such a professional looking website. Also, he often looks over my blogs before I have pasted them on the wall…and generally he makes sense of my my ramblings! His writing ability with writing and editing Jerusalem Scene goes to show he really is a talented chap!
Faryal is the Fundraising and PR Officer. I first met Faryal when I was working downstairs at the International Office when she came to chat to me about the work at the Eye Hospital. Even from our first meeting I was struck by how passionate she is about human rights in the Middle East region. Even from our first meeting I remember thinking- gosh she is passionate and bilingual, she really is an employer’s dream! Whenever we strike up a conversation she always has something really interesting to say. We were chatting about human rights yesterday and she was telling me about a piece of research that she was thinking about doing which contrasted the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories to that of the status quo in Australia. When I asked her whether she was thinking about doing a PhD in this interest, she replied ‘no it is out of personal interest.’ Well, I think that is incredibly admirable, that doing this piece of research is out of personal gain as oppose to academic credit. Perhaps a sign of a ‘true academic!’
Lisa is the Administration Executive for the London office. Most of her work is dealing with the finance side of things here at the Eye Hospital. We were chatting the other day about her career and she has worked in an impressive list of charities. She is such a lovely lady, down to earth and so easy to get on with.
It is funny, because I was thinking to myself, why haven’t I told you a bit more about these people before, but then it struck me that I wouldn’t have been able to give you quite an accurate representation of each person until now. Well that’s all for now ladies and gents….I’ll be back tomorrow for the last hurrah at the office…which will see the return of Nick (previous intern)….