We are hosting regular interviews with Launch22's brilliant and inspiring members. Finding out about their business, their ideas and their philosophies with a focus on the theme of entrepreneurship. So, without further ado, allow us to introduce Isabella, the Press and Communications Manager at the UK Sepsis Trust.
HEY ISY, TELL US, WHAT IS SEPSIS TRUST? WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
The Sepsis Trust was founded in 2012 by our CEO Dr. Ron Daniels who saw too many needless deaths from Sepsis in his role of full time NHS consultant. As a Sepsis expert, he decided to take that and put it to the use of founding the UK Sepsis Trust. Sepsis is often missed and it leads to organ failure and death really quickly if it’s not spotted and diagnosed early. Hence, our main goal is to end preventable deaths by sepsis given that it is easily treated with antibiotics.
If you want to know more about Sepsis and its symptoms visit UK Sepsis Trust’s website.
SO WHAT’S THE LINK? WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO SEPSIS TRUST?
It took me a while to get here. I did Spanish and French at university. I have always loved the theater and I have been in theater before this. I worked in fundraising and after that, I worked in a theater agency doing press. However, I decided to depart from the theater world and join the charity sector, which I prefer!
WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING AT A SMALL, RELATIVELY NEW COMPANY?
I think it is very exciting. It has some of the opportunities of being like a startup because there is a chance to shape what we are doing and the way we do it too, and it is quite exciting to come to an organisation where you can be a part of the shaping and decision making of how things work rather than following the plan that has been going for ten years.
In a way, we’ve got lots of the teething problems of a startup. We are growing quite quickly and there are issues that come with that. In larger companies, there is a better practice of rules and regulations, whereas in my situation there is no set of rules and regulations that everyone follows.
Also, it can be confusing sometimes to understand what your focus is because of the different problems that come up, but it also means that you get lots of experience that you wouldn’t get if you’d only do what’s in your job description.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU IMPART TO ALL THOSE READING THIS BLOG?
I would say - don’t be afraid of rolling up your sleeves and getting involved with things that aren’t necessarily your job.
On the other side of that, find out what your favorite thing about your job is and ask to do more of it. In startups and young companies the roles aren’t set in stone, so don’t be afraid to try and make your job something that involves things that you really enjoy doing and that you are really good at.
WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING FROM LAUNCH22?
I have been working here since the end of May and I am really enjoying it. I walk through those six doors every morning, I breathe in the air and I know I am home and I just feel like I belong to this family. I love the coffee, I love the FIFA and I would recommend it really really highly. When I tell people about my working situation they are always jealous. I think that this is a space that encourages interaction and you get to meet people and get to know them. I love it, it is very comfortable. Plus, it’s a 20 minute cycle from my house, so it’s a dream!
If you want to get in touch with Sepsis Trust, follow them on Twitter.
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