Antony is a Team Manager in Saffron Walden, Essex. He manages some of our supported housing schemes for people who have disabilities.
“There are so many facets to my role: liaising with other departments on a daily basis, ensuring support for customers and colleagues is always there when needed, and making sure everyone is kept safe, secure, supported and motivated. I work on anything and everything!”
Favourite part of the role
“No two days are the same: there’s always something or someone who needs your input or advice. It’s a challenging role and I have a good team of colleagues who are really supportive - we share ideas and create solutions to issues together. Being collaborative gives us the strength, confidence and insight to work well and achieve more.”
Why Antony joined Peabody
“I joined the organisation in 2009 as a support worker, after having worked as a live-in carer for an agency where I was working around the country. Before that, I worked in the chemical industry as a QC technician and as a store manager for Aldi in Leicestershire.
“Having experienced the live-in carer role, I decided to try something that was similar but more grounded with more scope for development. And I was glad I did, as once I started working here I felt comfortable and enjoyed the variety the job role gave me.
“I became a Team Leader in 2010, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I then moved across the sector to our Young Person Service in Braintree. Later, I returned to the Saffron Walden Services and applied for the Team Manager post, which I have been doing ever since.”
What makes him smile?
“My eldest daughter who is three, pulling my ears and asking me if I am awake at 5am! Also, watching my two children making faces at each other and laughing hysterically.”
“In my spare time, I play the drums in a punk/goth band and we’re in the process of rehearsing to record our third album.”
Antony’s advice for a job applicant
“Peabody is a great organisation to work for and if you have the enthusiasm, motivation and willingness to learn and develop, then this is the role for you.
“It is a very rewarding position and working collaboratively with other departments gives one a better understanding of how the work we do is so important and how we all have a pivotal role no matter what field we choose to work in.
“The role of a team manager is a challenging one, meeting the needs of our customers and colleagues first and foremost. Communication is the key, as it helps us develop, understand and progress as a manager. You will find yourself working with and being supported by lots of different people.”