We are very pleased to welcome Maria to the Bristol Ageing Better Programme Management team. Maria will be supporting the contract management of our delivery partners as well as maintaining the programme's financial systems.
Mariahas written the following message to introduce herself to the BAB partnership:
"I am delighted to have joined the dedicated Bristol Ageing Better team as Contracts & Finance Officer this month. I will be supporting the contract management of our delivery partners as well as maintaining the programme’s financial systems. I look forward to working closely with the Programme Manager Ruth and Director Adam. With 20 contracts currently in place and many more to come over the next two years, I look forward to getting my teeth stuck into this exciting role and work towards making a positive impact on older people’s lives.
I was born and raised in the South West of Germany (but am half Austrian) where I studied Business & Banking and worked in a regional bank for a few years. After relocating to the UK about five years ago, I have worked as Head of the German Translation department for a publishing company in Bath for two years, before spending a year in South and Central America.
Since returning to the UK in September 2015, I have worked as a Service Co-ordinator for the Independent Living Service of a national humanitarian charity in Bristol and South Gloucestershire where I have heard great things about Age UK Bristol and BAB and often signposted on to their services.
Having worked in a variety of different industries, it became clear to me that the third sector is where I want to stay. I also volunteer at a leading conservation charity one day per week.
In my spare time I practice yoga daily and also love dancing, running and trying (but so far failing) to do handstands. In the darker months of the year I like knitting and crocheting. I am addicted to good coffee and one of my favourite pastimes is sitting in a café with a good book and a steaming hot cup of soya mocha."
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