Gaynor Taylor


Our self-proclaimed ‘slightly bonkers’ Area Coordinator, works flat out, behind the scenes, to keep things moving in the Midlands.

What made you want to work for Sova?
Following a redundancy, having spent 13 years of my working life in Birmingham International Airport’s HR department, it was the shock I needed to re-evaluate exactly what I wanted to do. I had always thought about working with young offenders so I began my job search with that in mind. My search bought me to Sova and an advert for a job that felt like it had been written for me. At the time I knew nothing about the organisation.
What do you enjoy about working for Sova?
Despite having been through some difficult times, the staff and management team have never given up - not just for ourselves but for those people we care about.
How do you feel the work you do benefits those you work with?
Although I do not work on the ‘front line’ I get to hear about so many success stories and I do believe that in a distanced way my role has made a contribution. I think it is also beneficial to have someone there for the staff as they are so busy supporting others that sometimes they need support too; even if it is just someone to talk to. The management team has so many balls to juggle and I am here to relieve some of that pressure and hopefully catch some if they fall – it’s all about working together, understanding each other and supporting one another.
What qualities do you need to do your job effectively?
You couldn’t do the job I do without organisational and communication skills; you also need to be flexible as things can change very quickly which will then impact on whatever you had planned. It’s a bit of a ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ but you definitely need to be a master of all of them to get the job done and done well. Multi-tasking skills are also a must as I cover a large area, both geographically and task wise.
If you could tell people about the work you do or the impact Sova has, what would you say?
If you want to work with people who really care and are passionate about what they do, then work for Sova! Sova keeps going where most others would just give up. Just amazing.
What do you think is the single most compelling argument to encourage someone to apply for a job at Sova?
Do something different; see the difference you can make and change someone’s life at the same time.