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Interview with
Deborah Williams
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Interview with
Diana Lewis

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Interview

Deborah Williams - People development

Q  What led you to set up Aspire2Develop?

A  I found after many years in various management and training roles that I was passionate about enabling new and developing managers to grow their skill base, as they are the backbone of what happens on a daily basis in any sector.  To me, the best avenue for achieving this and contributing my knowledge and experience was to set up my own training business.  So I decided to take the leap and become self employed.

Q  What are you qualified in?

A  I am a qualified teacher with a BEd (Hons) but I also have a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management. I am also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Q  What experience did you gain prior to starting Aspire2Develop?

A  I have over fifteen year experience in the management and development of people, gained largely in the public sector as a specialist training manager in the Royal Navy.  Prior to this I spent two years as a teacher in a large comprehensive in Hampshire.  I also spent a short time working for one of the largest charities in the UK.

Q  What is the most valuable thing you have learned to date?

A  It sounds a bit of a cliché, but it’s true....people really do make the difference.  Whether that’s in business or your personal life, we don’t really get very far without the support and contribution of others. 

Q  What do you most enjoy about your work?

A  I am always amazed by the huge variety of people that I meet and the diversity of their experiences.  My enjoyment comes from facilitating situations where their knowledge can be shared for the benefit of others.

Q  What about outside of work?

A  Being born and bred in Cornwall, I have something of an affinity toward the countryside and the sea, so I tend to spend my spare time on the moor, on the beach, or messing around on the water.

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