Season's Greetings from Sarah Day

Courage, belief and the ability to be vulnerable are central to my skillset in leading an organisation that I’m fiercely proud of.

As the year draws to a close, Sarah Day, Chief Executive of Practice Solutions, reflects on the company's milestones and achievements of 2021 and shares her festive good wishes. 

"As I sit here and reflect, I only hope that we all are able to  enjoy a very special festive break with those nearest and dearest to us – we certainly deserve it.

I know I say this every year, but 2021 has flown by at the speed of light. As ever, we remain steadfast and involved at the cutting edge of delivering projects and services that support organisations working in the public sector arena to improve and develop.

In recent weeks, we have supported ADSS Cymru to deliver their second virtual National Conference. Months in the planning, the event was jam-packed with a whole range of innovative and talented speakers at the cutting edge of service development and delivery from the perspective of adult and children’s services. The event was well received and attended, although next year, we really hope to be in a position where we can bring people together face-to-face as well as online. The opportunity for the unplanned discussions that take place outside of a conference programme will certainly be a welcome one.

As I predicted at the beginning of 2021, the internal changes that were made within our core team have meant a significant amount of positive change transformation for us. Our new ways of working have meant that we’ve been able to focus on growing our Associate and Innovation Partner network. Our effective recruitment campaign in the spring resulted in us identifying a new cohort of Associates, who, in combination with our existing team of experts, have provided us with the opportunity to embark on new types of projects with new clients.

I’m really pleased to report that we’re already starting to see the benefit of our investment in the development of our new connections. Since September we’ve been successful in winning a number of important pieces of work, which involve using our skills and expertise in different sectors and in different ways. I hope to tell you more about this work as it progresses in the New Year. Amongst these new contracts, we’ll be delivering projects that involve working with our relatively new Innovation Partners, Children in Wales, ARCC HR Ltd, and our well-established partners, Imogen Blood & Associates. I firmly believe that trusted and value-based collaborations give us all the opportunity to work to our strengths, which in turn delivers a better product for the client. Together, we can always do more to make a difference. It will be interesting to see how this work evolves and what other projects will happen as a result of new connections being made and ideas and thoughts being turned into action.

This year, we’ve also taken part as contributors in the Women in Leadership Series run for employees of Rhondda Cynon Taf Local Authority. It was a privilege to speak at their most recent event, which focused on Leadership in a Virtual World. From a personal perspective, it made me realise how much I’ve learnt about myself as a leader and a person during these past two years. Courage, belief and the ability to be vulnerable are central to my skillset in leading an organisation that I’m fiercely proud of.

With that in mind, I’m also pleased to report that we’ve recruited two new members to our core team: Connor and Euan are embarking on their working lives and will be with us for the next six months as part of the Government- funded Kickstart Scheme. It’s fascinating to watch how quickly they learn and their ability to master technology with confidence and curiosity. I’m really glad they’ve had the opportunity to connect with us and hope their experience of being with Practice Solutions is positive and full of lots of learning about where their career paths may lead."

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