Su Gordon-Graham tells us why she chose Attain

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a qualified social worker and probation officer and prior to joining Attain I worked in the public sector for over 29 years. I joined Attain with experience in working in criminal justice, voluntary sector, housing, social care and health at a senior level.  Since 2001 I had always been employed in joint organisational roles and was used to having more than one organisation to work with which at times was not an easy task. Although my knowledge base and experience base was broad, I saw the opportunity to work for a commercial organisation as a natural next step in my career path.

What attracted you to Attain?

The Attain values were very much in line with my own values which are very important to me.  Our values are what sets us apart from traditional “consultancy” models.  We live and breathe our values across the business and with our partners and people that we work with.

What is the best thing about being employed with Attain?

I have thrived on the pace and variety of work that I have experienced over the last 6 and a half years and recognise that I have learnt and grown to become a more rounded person whilst working for this organisation.

What has made you stay with Attain?

In many of my projects I have worked across complex systems. This requires working to a different set of principles and behaviours and acting as a catalyst for cultural change.  Coaxing people and organisations out of their default position of thinking, achieving change in the current climate is challenging and requires determination and some difficult conversations with clients and service users. I have successfully navigated this with many projects over the years, having first gained the respect and trust of my clients. I have also found it helpful to use real life examples to illustrate how working as a system can deliver benefits across pathways.  There is never a dull day working with Attain and that is what keeps me on my toes, alert and enjoying my job.

What was the best project you have worked on for Attain?

I have learned a huge amount over the past 6 years working on 13 projects in a variety of settings across the country, so it is actually very difficult to choose one project.  I guess one of the projects that I am proud to have been involved in was the development of the My Care My Way model of care in West London.  I led on the co-production and design of the model of care (for people with complex LTC) including the design and implementation of a 3,500 square foot Integrated Care Centre from business case, building design to completion.