They say, there is no failure, only feedback... and feedback is a gift
Tell Us About
I'm Eleanor Pugh-Stanley
Occupation: Project and Development Manager
Sector/Professionalism: Continuous improvement
Which inspirational quote describes you best?
"Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. Rather, it’s the mastery of fear." - Arianna Huffington
What do you love about the Midlands region?
I’m originally from Rugby, but went to university in Kent. I’m now living and working in the West Midlands again.
I was attracted back to the region by the hardworking people and sense of opportunity – I’ve not been disappointed!
Tell us about your interests and hobbies?
I’m a Liverpool FC fan, so football features quite heavily in my time outside work.
Beyond that I have a big family so I spend a lot of time seeing everyone. I also love crime fiction and just started a blog which reviews new and upcoming releases
What is your career goals and aspirations?
For me learning and getting better at what I do is very important, so my goal is to never be bored or stagnate.
What challenges do you face?
Other than my commute, my biggest challenge is balancing the service delivery aspects of my role with making progress on the strategic projects I’m responsible for. This is an ongoing challenge but one I enjoy.
Can you tell us what is your most favourite aspect of your role?
The best part of my role is leading my team
and supporting them in their development. It’s been so rewarding to see how much progress they’ve made in the last few months.
What has been the highlight for this year?
After studying hard I was relieved and extremely happy to pass my Project Management Qualification via APM in February. I’ve also just been shortlisted for an industry award as well as becoming a member of a Young Professional Board.
It’s great to be recognised in this way, and not something I could have imagined a year ago.
What has been your greatest career milestone to date?
An important milestone for me was earning the promotion to the role I’m in now. Before that I’d worked in mainly administrative roles, but now I lead a team and I'm responsible for service delivery and managing projects.
Who has been your inspiration both personally and professionally?
Personally I am inspired by the strong women in my family, especially my mum. She’s great at staying positive even when things are tough. Professionally I am inspired by my incredible mentors who are always on hand to advise and challenge me.
What would you like to achieve in the future?
In the future I want to expand my experience and skill set, potentially via professional qualifications and volunteering.
I’ve also signed up to run the Birmingham half marathon for LoveBrum – so I really hope I achieve that!
What advice or tips of positivity would you like to share with others?
The last year has been transformational in terms of my career, at the root of that was learning to be honest with myself about areas where I needed to improve, and opening myself up to feedback. As they say, there is no failure, only feedback. And feedback is a gift.