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Mark Sargeant – Business Development Manager to Business Development Director

Mark Sargeant joined Prevista in 2011 as Business Development Manager, after a series of promotions, Mark is now our Business Development Director and a member of our Senior Management Team.

Q: Please describe your career development before you joined Prevista.

A: I worked at the Youth Justice Board as an IT Consultant for six years before moving into the Welfare to Work industry with a role in the Business Development Team at Reed in Partnership.

Q: What was your original role at Prevista?

A: I joined as Business Development and Partnerships Manager in January 2012, responsible for writing tender responses and developing strategic and operational relationships with key stakeholders and delivery partners across London.

Q: Why did you decide to join Prevista?

A: I joined Prevista after spending 18 months at a large Prime organisation. I wanted to join Prevista as I thought that it would enable me to develop both professionally and personally. A smaller organisation would enable me to commit to additional responsibilities and be more readily accountable for my performance. I saw the opportunity to gain reward and recognition for my work immediately.

Q: What promotions and/or increases in responsibility have you achieved during your time at Prevista?

A: I was promoted to Head of Business Development and Partnerships in March 2014, and in 2016 I was further promoted to the role of Director of Business Development, Partnerships and Marketing. I now directly report to our Board of Directors and am a key member of the Executive Team, driving the organisation’s Marketing & Communications plan/policy/strategies, mobilisation of new contracts and ensuring we maintain our DWP Merlin Accreditation for supply chain excellence.

Q: How has the Prevista culture helped you to develop?

A: Prevista culture enables staff to take individual responsibility for their actions, allows individual talent to flourish and supports staff to design their own objectives, enabling them to develop through taking on new, varied and challenging roles. Colleagues are very supportive and helpful, enabling each of us to deliver on our own commitment, which is hugely helpful in producing positive results. Being a small organisation enables a culture of supporting each other to develop.

Q: Is there any key message you would like to get across to potential recruits?

A: Prevista has a very strong track record for developing staff who show commitment. This has enabled them to gain promotions and responsibility in short periods of time with justified rewards and recognition.

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