Having grown up down south, Rachel moved to Liverpool to start a degree at University of Liverpool and now calls this city home. She’s recently joined our team at The Women’s Organisation as a Finance Officer, and we’d like you to get to know her too!
What’s your full name and where are you from?
Rachel Louise Jones. I grew up in Kent but home for me now is in Warwickshire.
Tell me how you first found out about The Women’s Organisation and become part of our team?
I stumbled across The Women’s Organisation by pure luck. I’d only just finished my degree in July and was basically on the hunt for an excuse to stay here in Liverpool after having such a good time living in the city. Coming out of Uni I wasn’t too sure what the next step for me was going to be so was open to anything that I felt I would learn and develop from. After doing some research this position with The WO came up and although finance was not an obvious choice for me, it was a chance to give something completely new a try. I gave it a shot and fortunately here I am!
What kind of things have you done prior to coming to The Women’s Organisation?
Before working for The Women’s Organisation, I had been studying Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. I got my degree in July and started here in August, so this is my first full-time job. Not really knowing what I wanted to do after Uni I have always tried to keep my options open so got experience in HR, my local District Council and even with the NHS. During my time studying I also went on a couple of travelling trips, one of which allowed me to teach English to locals in a village in Nicaragua which was an amazing experience.
What has surprised you about working at The Women’s Organisation?
Working here has without a doubt opened my eyes to the incredible wealth of female entrepreneurship in Liverpool. It amazes me how much of an impressive impact The Women’s Organisation has had and I’m very proud to be a part of such a modest yet influential organisation.
What’s the best thing about working at The Women’s Organisation?
Everyone who works for and with The Women’s Organisation is so positive and supportive. It’s great to be working with such an inspirational group of people who contribute towards so much good for our community.
Could you describe one of your typical workdays?
I learn something new all the time here and no two days are ever exactly the same. I always start by checking emails to respond to any queries from our partners about their claims and I spend a lot of time monitoring and updating different spreadsheets that allow us to keep on top of budgets.
The work that The Women’s Organisation finance team does is very diverse because we’re such a multidimensional organisation, but for me, regularly being taught new skills makes working here even more rewarding.
What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?
I spent almost 6 years learning both the keyboard and the flute and to this day have no ability to play either! Maybe not something to be too proud of .. sorry mum.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I’ve been really into athletics from a young age so a huge part of my time outside of work is spent training for various events. For a little bit more of a wind down however I love going out with friends and exploring what Liverpool and other cities have to offer.
Thanks Rachel! We're delighted to have you as part of our Women's Org family.