What’s new with the CAE team? Well, we’ve had some staffing changes over the last couple of months! Our previous Finance Manager Sheila had been with us for four years, but moved on to pastures new at the end of November, and so for the last few months we’ve been welcoming a new recruit into the fold – Jo!
Jo has taken over the position of Finance Manager, and her wealth of experience is sure to be a great asset to Creative Arts East. We’ve been getting to know her over the last few months, and hope she’ll enjoy being part of our little CAE family.
Our Communications and Content Assistant Zoe grabbed five minutes with her to learn more…
Can you tell us a bit about your role before you joined the team?
I have had a varied career, working in Banking, Mortgages, the NHS, Social Services and the Education sector. I have also been self-employed. Always in Finance but never in the Arts before. I am enjoying that and working part time.
Do you have an interest in the arts personally? If so, what kind of things do you like?
I am a prolific reader, I like the theatre, ballet, music (classical and modern) and film. I am looking forward to enjoying these things a great deal more now that I have more time on my hands.
What was your dream job as a child and why?
I wanted to do everything at one time or another. I think I settled on being a hairdressing doctor – so I could make people better while giving them a perm!!
If you could switch jobs with someone in the team, based on your impressions so far, who would it be?
Mmmm. That’s difficult because I love Finance so much. Probably Karen/Elly or Lea as they get out and about so much although it keeps them all far too busy.
What are you most looking forward to in your new role, and in working for Creative Arts East?
Bringing my experience to help the charity achieve value for money and maximising income. But I am also looking forward to working with this team of dedicated people who work so hard to bring art to the area.
Well, there you have it! We hope you’ve enjoyed discovering more about our newest team member, Finance Manager Jo!
If you fancy working with us here at Creative Arts East, helping to bring fantastic arts experiences to rural and culturally under-served communities in the East, why not check out our latest job opportunity? The new post of Touring Development Officer has opened up – check it out here!