Catriona McAllister

My typical working day mainly consists of working on strategic projects aimed at getting people to play sport and to move more as part of their day. As CEO, I directly manage around 10 people and indirectly around 40. This means I spend time daily supporting them and agreeing on their priorities. Responding to emails is a big part of any job, and I am no exception. I also spend time meeting partners and promoting the benefits of being active.

How did you get your job?
I saw the job advertised, then I had an initial phone conversation and liked what I heard. I applied and was selected for a first interview by Skype, as I lived in Scotland at the time. I was then asked for a second interview in Jersey, which lasted two long days. It was a challenging experience, but I did enjoy it and was very lucky to get the job as CEO of the newly formed Jersey Sport.

What motivates you in this role?
I have always wanted to make a difference to people’s lives. Sport and being active is vital to support good physical and mental health, and I am motivated every day by the life-changing stories we hear of people on our programmes.

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role?
You are never done learning and whilst there is nothing specific, I always try and go to conferences and visit organisations who do similar things to Jersey Sport so we can learn from others.

What are the three most important skills required for your role?
Organisation
Communication
Leadership

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession?
Spend time learning the industry first. I coached a lot before progressing to management roles. Today, I can still turn my hands to any role in the organisation. Qualifications through university is one route you can take, but working your way up from practical roles is equally valid.

FUN FACT
I once competed on One Man and His Dog!

Related Posts