Tamara Pleasant, Principal Consultant
1. What are your main duties at Entec Si
I’m fortunate that my role is so incredibly varied, I do a lot of client-facing work, especially at the beginning of a change project. Working as a business change consultant means that I’m involved in a lot of analytical and engagement work. I like to think that I really help our clients to articulate the case for change whether it be digital, operational or people focused.
2. What part of your role is most rewarding?
Being a principal consultant means being a top-notch problem solver and becoming a specialist across various sectors, or as I like to say, “figuring out new worlds!”
I’m a huge believer in collaborative working. You shouldn’t work in isolation as collaboration unlocks getting to the heart of a problem and solving it creatively. As a natural people person, working so closely with so many different individuals and businesses at different stages of their journeys excites me and can be incredibly rewarding. This is especially true when I get to work in change management projects that generate huge amounts of social value – such as in not-for-profits, the NHS or local authorities.
3. What do you love about working at Entec Si?
There’s lots of things I love about working at Entec Si. Aside from the variety of work we’re exposed to and the fantastic new people we meet through the collaborative nature of the job, our flexible work pattern allows us to carve out a good work-life balance. Having freedom within our roles makes me feel respected as a professional. Subsequently this encourages me to work to the best of my ability. Ultimately this leads to the successful delivery of robust end-to-end transformation projects that help our clients to achieve change for good.
4. What is one thing you have learnt about yourself through your time with Entec Si?
During my time as part of the team here I have learnt to adapt and constantly self-evaluate the expertise I bring to my colleagues and clients. To be a good business change consultant, being aware of the value you are delivering to the client is key. However, to be a very good consultant, these values should be always demonstrated.
5. What is your favourite film?
Shawshank Redemption. There’s nothing better than watching a film with themes and ideals that teach you real life lessons. I like to think I’m a resilient individual, even when things are tough. Perhaps that’s why I enjoyed the film as much as I did, because I can respect the determination that the characters show.
6. What is something people might not know about you?
I am a passionate outdoor swimmer and evangelical about the benefits it has on mental and physical health – but I think this might be something that everyone knows about me!
Another thing that less people know about me is that I enjoy art and calligraphy. I’ve been commissioned to undertake work for English Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces and private individuals. This has led to some interesting experiences in amazing places and something I’m really proud of.
7. If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you take with you?
As a self-proclaimed practical problem solver, the three things I would take to an island would be some kind of water purification device, a knife and some flint. They might be boring choices, but they’re boring choices that will keep me alive. Hopefully the island would be surrounded by crystal clear water so I could tackle boredom by swimming.