Alison Raphael joined Prevista in 2005 as a Project Manager. After a series of promotions and increases in responsibility, Alison is now our Head of Human Resources and Lead Auditor.
Q: Please describe your career development before you joined Prevista.
A: Prior to joining Prevista, I spent a decade at the London East Training & Enterprise Council, where I worked across Administration and Customer Service roles including leading a team of Information Officers in providing job support and careers guidance to the public. This is where I gained my NVQ Level 4 in Management.
Q: What was your original role at Prevista?
A: I joined Prevista in 2005 as a Project Manager and was swiftly promoted to Senior Project Manager responsible for ESF delivery. In 2007 I received another promotion, this time to Quality Manager; my new role was to maintain and improve quality and compliance systems and lead on quality kite mark accreditation – during this period I gained my certifications in ISO9001, ISO27001, CIEH and ISOH.
Q: Why did you decide to join Prevista?
A: I was keen to stay connected to the sector where my career started and where I was given an opportunity to develop. I was approached by an ex-colleague to join Prevista and jumped at the chance to join what I saw as a vibrant, forward thinking organisation.
Q: What promotions and/or increases in responsibility have you achieved during your time at Prevista?
A: Following a successful period as Quality Manager I was promoted to Lead Auditor with responsibility for overseeing due diligence of delivery partners and internal and external compliance checks. Further responsibilities led me in the direction of supporting the Human Resource Department and I was given the opportunity to undertake a Diploma in HR in Management. In addition to my auditing responsibilities, I now manage the HR function taking responsibility for recruitment, learning & development and performance management across the company. With this duel role I am now the Head of HR & Lead Auditor.
Q: What qualifications have you achieved while at Prevista?
A: CQI certifications in ISO9001 & ISO27001, CIEH & ISOH certifications, LSIS Level 5 Quality Champion and CIPD Level 5 Diploma in HR in Management.
Q: How has the Prevista culture helped you to develop?
A: The culture at Prevista motivates me to take full accountability for my responsibilities. As a champion of the Prevista culture across the business, I am able to make a difference and encourage my colleagues to further challenge themselves to exceed their performance targets and develop personally and professionally.
Q: Is there any key message you would like to get across to potential recruits?
A: As one of the longest serving staff members, you may ask why I am still here. The answer to that is……. I have had many varied roles at Prevista which has made my 11 years of employment interesting, challenging and rewarding, I have also seen my colleagues grow and I would like to think I have contributed to that. The people of Prevista keeps the culture alive, that’s why I am here!
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