Pierre de Villiers, Networking Officer, gives us an insight into his work delivering the tangible benefits of NGN to leaders and organisations across the UK. Read more about Pierre in December’s Quality World.
Tell us about your roles and responsibilities?
My role is Networking officer for the NGN. I am responsible for the external and internal value proposition of the NGN and ensuring our interdependent relationship with the CQI forms the robust foundation of a credible message delivered to all existing and potential members. I need to connect with the other Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) and industry bodies as well as international bodies to grow and broaden the target market of both the CQI and NGN.
What made you choose your role?
I have always wanted to excel in anything I do. In the Marines I was taught if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. I started from the ground up and my passion for keeping people safe and being in a successful business has delivered me here. I believe that connecting people is the best use of our skills. If I can connect as many people who can share skills and experiences while bettering themselves and others then I have succeeded.
Give an example of a typical day, who do you interact with?
On a daily basis I would have touch points on LinkedIn and Twitter with other CQI and NGN members as well as other SIG’s. I also have our NGN connecting group as well as communicating through CQI’s Quality World and NGN’s Connexion monthly publications and planning to attend branch events.
What are your current projects?
My current projects include the communication of a standardised value proposition and attending the branch events to deliver the message. I also have been working on a contacts register of industry bodies who would benefit from the NGN membership.
What challenges are in your roles?
Influencing and communicating with leaders, cultural barriers, formalising return on investment – time to be able to access all of the SIG’s.
Tell us about a success you’ve had in your role to date?
We have held a great World Quality Day event in Holland and we have had a great NGN meeting in London. I have connected with the Nuclear SIG members and contributed to various publications in CQI as well as my own organisation mentioning the NGN.
Tell us what you want to get out of your role both professionally and personally?
I would like to align my role and our professions’ success more closely and make it more tangible; I would like to develop my influencing skills and business acumen.
What would let you know that you have been successful in your role?
Tangible increase in the CQI and NGN membership. In the future, to have the NGN becoming a household term and a well recognised organisation in schools, colleges, and universities in the United Kingdom.