Grand Designs

And so it begins…. My six months with Save the Children UK in a role with the rather grand title “Digital Platform Project Fellow”.  We’ve been encouraged to blog as a good way to reflect on our experiences and share our journey – As someone who barely posts on FB, doesn’t tweet & isn’t on Linked In, this is an alien concept – so bear with me!

I’ve loved the idea of PULSE* ever since the programme launched in 2009. At that point, I didn’t even have enough years with GSK to qualify (my how time flies ;-)… Finally in January 2014, the stars seemed to align and I applied (Actually it wasn’t quite that straight forward but hey, not sure the detail would make great reading – however this does seem a timely point to thank managers/business areas who supported my application… the programme doesn’t centrally fund ‘backfill’ positions, so this support is critical to stepping out for 6 months).

We’re told not to get too attached to our job descriptions as these have been written toward the end of the previous year and, understandably, things may have moved on by the time we are in situ… But in essence my role will be working with the Digital team on a new web presence for Save the Children. A key focus for my role is to scope requirements and gain agreement from numerous global stakeholders.  The brief says “The new digital platform will be transformational for the global Save the Children movement” – so no pressure then! Bring it on I say…

 [*For those that don’t know, PULSE is GSK’s skills-based volunteering initiative. Through PULSE, employees are matched to a non-profit organisation for 3 or 6 months full-time, contributing their skills to solve challenges at home and abroad. In 2014, PULSE will send 106 Volunteers from across 34 different countries to work with 42 NGOs in 38 countries!]


  1. Awesome Rachel I’m sure with your skills, energy and commitment you will make a significance impact for the greater good. Tino pai from Aotearoa !

  2. Wow Rach, sounds like a cool step to take. I know you will enjoy it and that Save the Children will be much better off with you on board.

  3. Was even stumped for a moment on how to comment on your post. You think you’re an innocent on the social media journey! I’m in the starting blocks:) Anyway Rachel, STC are lucky to have you.I can see you getting really in to this and making a difference. I, for one, admit to not really being sure what STC does – alongside Red Cross? Oxfam? Am sure you’ll fill us all in.

  4. Hey Rach – what a fantastic opportunity for you and great that GSK provides a platform for you to change from the routine … while sharing your knowledge with a cool charity … looking forward to hearing more x

  5. Amazing! What a great role that can make such a difference. Can’t wait to hear how it progresses. Enjoy every second of the 6 months. x

  6. If you really are a social media novice Rachel, well done – great start! Look forward to hearing more as you get stuck into your project 🙂

  7. Good for you sweetheart – it sounds like the kind of rewarding role you so deserve and one in which you will be able to share so many of your skills and experiences…..keep on blogging, always a pleasure to hear your voice x

  8. Great start – good luck! Keep blogging. It’s an amazing great way to process and you be surprised how many follow.

  9. What a fantastic initiative from GSK and great opportunity for you. I look forward to following your progress!!

  10. Scope requirements? Where have I heard that term before? 🙂 Best of luck. They are lucky to have you there to drive this forward.

  11. Hi
    Having spent many years with you in the world of web design at GSK I know you have the skills to make this work for STC/ GSK and to gain valuable experience along the way. I wish I had done this so look forward to following you over the next six months and I wish you all the best. Being in the actively retired world of Designers I would be happy to give up some time to help especially if it involves travel to understand the scope requirements….

  12. Good luck, Rachel. The 6 months will fly by, so savour it as much as you can. Check in with our resident social media team (Simon and Janet) in External Comms for a few pointers. A ‘new digital platform that is transformational’, by year-end? No problem!

  13. sounds like a great challenge which I am sure you will deliver, looking forward to hearing all about your experiences

  14. It sounds like a really exciting opportunity, and I’m sure you’ll be excellent – really looking forward to hearing how it goes!

  15. Good luck Rachel! I look forward to hearing all about your adventures in this space – sounds like a fantastic opportunity to apply all that good web knowledge to a very worthy cause.

  16. Managing multiple global stakeholders… sounds like the perfect match for your GSK experience. Go make a difference and enjoy it all Rachel.

  17. Rachel – so happy for you as it sounds like your skills will be a perfect match for the organisation. Cant wait to read more of your updates!!! Good luck and HAVE FUN!!!!!

  18. It sounds like the people doing the match did a great job lining this role up for you. Well done for taking the plunge! I’m looking forward to your next post to hear what you’ve been getting up to

  19. Wow Rachel, I’ve been out of communication for a few days but Neil has me reconnected today. So proud of what you are going to contribute for STC & thanks to GSK for making this 6mths. possible. They wont regret their contribution I know. Love you, Eileen.

  20. Good luck, Rachel. A great opportunity and STC are lucky to have you! Keep blogging as we are keen to hear how it goes.

  21. Rachel, this sounds like an excellent and really interesting opportunity – and certainly persevering with the application process! Best of luck with it and look forward to hearing about your progress.

  22. Excellent news Rachel – I toyed with the idea of a Pulse assignment just before my secondment, and am therefore quite envious! Have a great time and keep up the blogging, it becomes easier and more natural the more you do it…

  23. So, how’s it going Rachel? I am interested to hear your experiences of the STC org, as we are currently planning a session with them to share some of our ADP techniques, particularly in change management…

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