Meet the consultant… Craig Eley
1. What does being a senior consultant involve?
At its core, being a senior consultant is all about helping organisations to drive change and improve the way they work. Adaptability is key, as every project we work on is different. As I mostly support organisations in the local government and not-for-profit sectors, I have to be able to use the skills and experience I’ve gained over the years to navigate a range of challenges, from employee engagement to the implementation of new technology.
The goal is always to add value for our clients, showing them the most effective route to successful transformation.
2. What do you love about being a senior consultant?
I’ve always been receptive to change, so having a job that allows me to share the benefits of transformation suits me perfectly. Being able to dip in and out of projects across a variety of sectors keeps me on my toes, with each one requiring me to use a different set of skills. In fact, being a senior consultant is never repetitive!
Completing a project knowing that you’ve made people’s lives easier is also a very rewarding feeling.
3. How did your journey into the world of consultancy begin?
Early on, I knew I wanted to get into consultancy. I’m motivated by problem solving, and being a consultant means I get to do that every day.
At university I studied forensic science, which confirmed my passion for analytical thinking. From there I entered the world of consultancy, working across a number of industries and fields, including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and data analytics. This range enabled me to develop diverse knowledge and experience.
4. What makes Entec Si unique
Before Entec Si, I was working for a global organisation where it felt like my impact was fairly minimal. Now, I know that my voice is always heard, whether that’s on a project or internally. Inclusivity runs through everything that Entec Si does. It doesn’t matter what stage of your career you’re at, everyone is involved with the decisions that shape the business.
Our blended team approach also makes Entec Si stand out. Rather than telling our clients what to do and letting them get on with it, we become part of their team, encouraging change and supporting them through it.
5. What has been your proudest achievement over the last year?
Continuing to make a difference for businesses throughout the pandemic. Even remotely, I’ve built great relationships with clients, offering them the best possible advice and revolutionising the way they work.
Transformation has been needed more than ever this last year, and it has been incredible to be at the heart of this.
6. What are you most passionate about, both inside and outside of work
I’ve always had a passion for challenging myself, pushing my abilities to the limit to see what I’m truly capable of. Over the years, I’ve taken part in ultramarathons and long-distance cycling, and have got ‘ultracycling’ in my sights now. There’s no such thing as being overly ambitious in my book.
A few of us took on the virtual JOGLE challenge for charity recently, but I’d love to be able to do it for real in the future. Watch this space!
7. What is your dream holiday destination and why?
When my wife and I got married, we said we’d go to Borneo and work with the orangutans. Unfortunately, this has yet to happen, but it’s definitely still on the bucket list. I’d also like to go to the Galapagos Islands. Who doesn’t want to see a giant tortoise?
Anywhere I can go on an adventure is the place for me.
Published: Jun 3, 2021
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