If I am honest before joining ateb I knew nothing about housing associations, I didn’t even know they existed! 12 years ago I was living and working in Oxford for the NHS and my family wanted to relocate back to Wales. I was looking for any HR job that cropped up in the area we were looking at and I saw a HR post being advertised for Pembrokeshire Housing, now ateb. I thought I would give it go and I was offered the role.
I was a little apprehensive to start with, moving from a large NHS trust with over 9,500 staff to a small organisation with about 90 staff at the time. I wondered if I would have enough to do! How wrong was I! Reflecting on the last 12 years I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at ateb, the organisation has grown, and my role has grown too as I now look after communications. I have had the freedom to work on a wide range of projects, expanding my knowledge and experience something that I wouldn’t have been able to do so easily in my previous role as we worked in very specialised roles.
I have been amazed at the variety of roles available in housing association and have been really impressed at the support our teams provide to our customers. I can’t believe that I didn’t know about housing associations before I joined as I feel they are fantastic places to work, I am not constrained by the endless bureaucracy that I often faced in my previous role, there are so many opportunities to innovate and what I feel passionate about is that I can really see the impact of the work that the ateb team has on creating better living solutions for the communities we serve.
Victoria Evans, People and Communications Manager at ateb Group.