Lee Wood, NGN Steering Committee Web and Social Media Officer gives us an insight into his role and what is going on behind the scenes. Read more about Lee, or connect with him on LinkedIn and Twitter @CQINGN
Tell us about your roles and responsibilities?
Within the Next Generation Network steering committee I am the web and social media officer. I help in creating content for the network, as well as maintaining our microsite and social media accounts.
What made you choose your role? When I first heard the NGN were recruiting for a steering committee it appealed to me as I was actively looking for a way to give back to the profession I am passionate about. The opportunity came at the perfect time for me, and as soon as my interview had finished I knew this is was exactly what I was looking for.
Give an example of a typical day? I recently started a new job as a quality engineer at a leading surface technology company. I work flexi-time so currently do not have a typical day as such. I am lucky to be in a role that enables me to travel around the country working directly with customers on improving our service and quality to them.
When I am not in work however, my time is occupied with the rest of the steering committee on delivering content and engaging with the network. It is great to be a part of a network that is so passionate about the profession and so committed to help shape the future of quality.
What are your current projects? We have a lot of exciting projects at the moment. My favourite is supporting engineering apprentices with quality projects in their jobs. I love that the NGN is able to offer this kind of guidance to young quality professionals.
What challenges are in your roles? The biggest challenge is that there are not enough hours in the day. My job requires me to work late sometimes, then when I get home and start to work on projects the time really flies and before you know it, it is the early hours of the morning.
Tell us about a success you’ve had in your role to date? I am really proud of how far we’ve come as a committee in such a short time. It has been a privilege to help grow the network through offering an engaging forum via our LinkedIn group, which has now grown to over 100 members.
Also, being able to create our microsite www.thengn.wordpress.com which has continuous content added each month. We are developing a big archive of insights, quality tools and techniques, and topical stories relative to the profession in order to help young quality professionals develop and offer a non-judgmental and impartial platform.
Tell us what you want to get out of your role both professionally and personally? Working alongside such educated peers within quality has helped me develop myself professionally; I believe being part of the NGN has played a big part in me landing my dream job.
Personally, I do some charity work in my spare time and am always asking myself “what can I give back to the world?”
Being part of the NGN, I hope to develop my people skills and use this opportunity to transfer the communication skills gained to branch out into other areas of charity work.
Who do you engage with in your role? Within the steering committee I am part of the Communication team with Amanda Pinkney and Hannah Murfet. We work together very well and hold conference calls fortnightly to ensure we bring you the best content, and stay on track with projects. Each SC member also has a counterpart at the CQI, and as a committee we have a strong working relationship with the CQI as a whole.
What would let you know that you have been successful in your role? Training and education motivates me most. I have a thirst for knowledge and want to learn as much as I can during my time on the committee. I would consider myself to have been a success in the role if I can influence young quality professionals into building a career for themselves.