Spotlight on...Mags Kelly

Our people are our biggest asset so we make sure we recruit those who share our values, have the ability to develop personally and the will to continue learning professionally.

We regularly shine the spotlight on one of our team. Looking at their journey to be here now, their role and their why – what drives them.

Today we meet Mags Kelly, Head of Technical Services, who has been with us for seven years. Mags is based in Hampshire and works remotely.

Tell us about your role

My role is largely based around service design and development. It can be identifying a need for a new service because of a new piece of compliance, or a new interest area that is gathering pace in the wider world, or developing the existing services. I begin the process by identifying the required output and then I identify how we create it, what methodology to use and how to make it robust, well-structured and meaningful in its presentation. I work with the team to review the aspects that make a great service and then incorporate them into the development.

How did you get to where you are now?

My degree was in sustainable development. Following university, I worked for an NUS change project and was seconded to Loughborough University. I met Simon (Energise MD) through my work at Loughborough University and, at the end of my contract, was offered a role at Energise.

What drives you?

It’s important to me that whatever I’m doing makes a positive impact on the environment and our community, improving how we live in a responsible manner. We have finite resources and we live with an economic system that doesn’t account for this so the onus is on us to operate in a way that is considerate of our environmental constraints and accounts for the impact we have on finely balanced ecosystems.

Aside from the wider environment, I like systems and processes that operate efficiently and effectively, and I enjoy creating outputs that are functional, accurate and, where possible, aesthetically pleasing!

What do you enjoy about your job and what challenges you?

I feel very lucky to have my job. We have such a great team and we care about each other. I’ve always found Energise to be very employee focused. Our senior team look at employees as human beings rather than a commodity. Working from a distance works so well for me, too. I like a quiet workspace, and with modern-day technology, it works to be remote.

The main challenge I have is maintaining technical skills that span a broad spectrum of services whilst keeping abreast of changes within the wider industry. I love that the world has got on board with net zero, but that means there is a huge influx of external information and change that requires a lot of time to keep on top of. Keeping it all at the forefront is my biggest challenge at present.

What are your hopes for the future?

To see the net zero trend continue, and individuals and companies choosing to reduce their impact by opting to make tangible changes rather than paying to offset. It would be great if the Government was the driver of this change but I think it will be businesses and society driving action, at least in the short term. I would love to see more direct/inspirational action from the Government.

Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by people who are not afraid to stand up for their beliefs and achieve positive action as a result. I’m also inspired by those who can approach others in as non-judgemental a way as possible, being generous with their assumptions and taking the time to listen, think critically and be constructive in their dialogue.

Tell us three facts about you?

1) I think chocolate hobnobs are great biscuits for dunking; I realise this is controversial

2) I used to live on a boat

3) I have the cutest* house rabbit that is often sat at my feet** whilst I’m working


**jumping on the furniture

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