Meet the Team: Ryan

Baby Lifeline Training welcomed Ryan to the team in July 2019 to take on the role of Training & Events Co-ordinator. Ryan’s background in charity work and interest in social policy puts him in a great position for understanding the work that Baby Lifeline carries out. Let’s get to know Ryan in his own words!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

The short answer would be David Beckham as I am a huge football fan. However, if I give a bit of thought to this question, I would say that I initially wanted to be a primary school teacher. It was when I had completed my GCSE’s and then started my A-Levels that I became interested in politics and more specifically in the policies behind key components in our society such as education, health and social care provision. I completed a Social Care and Social Policy (BA) at the University of Wolverhampton in 2013 and went on the complete an MA in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham in 2018. It is fair to say I am interested in how maternity healthcare can be delivered in the best possible way from a public policy point of view.

What attracted you to the role at Baby Lifeline?

I was attracted to the role of Training and Events Co-ordinator because of the variety and nature of the role. What I mean by nature is that you are really are at the coal face of Baby Lifeline Training and get to organise and witness the effect of the training first hand. I was also attracted to the role on a personal level because I became a father of a stillborn daughter, Phoebe in 2016. The experience of loosing Phoebe has inspired me to make a difference in my career and ensure a legacy in memory of my daughter in any way I can.

What experience are you bringing to the role/team?

I have experience from my previous role within the charity sector working for Acorns Children Hospice of managing/ co-ordinating large corporate volunteer groups. The skills developed in this role were to design volunteering offers, ensuring that volunteers had all of the information and materials that they needed to have the best volunteering experience and that all feedback was processed accordingly and used to inform best practice in the future.

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done in your first few months?

The most exciting thing of have done in my first couple of months has been to help set up and run the CTG Masterclass held in Birmingham. It was my first event and therefore it was great to see how the day is run and how imperative it is to be organised and prepared ahead of the day.  It is also exciting to learn new things all the time and my thirst for knowledge is always quenched.

What have you learnt?

I have learnt a lot! In particular, how Baby Lifeline deliver courses and the level of detail and planning involved to ensure that we provide first class training, ensure that the training is relevant to current clinical and political debates and that our delegates have gained lasting knowledge from our training.

Describe a typical day at the office.

There isn’t really a typical day in the office as the duties of a Training and Events Co-ordinator can vary depending on how many courses and events are on and what pre and post course tasks need to be completed. What I know for sure is that there is never a dull moment and there is always work to be getting stuck into! This could be completing post course communications, responding to booking enquiries and more!

When you aren’t working, what are you doing?

When I am not working I love running, going to the gym and spending time with my wife and children. I love anything sport, watching it, reading about it and playing it. This applies to pretty much any sport, be it with an engine or a ball. I also enjoy a beer and a whiskey from time to time and going to watch the rugby at Twickenham as often as is possible.

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