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Paul Parlby - Chief Executive Officer
Area: All areas
Tell us about your role in no more than two sentences.
I have overall responsibility for the day to day operations including implementing and monitoring our strategy, exploring new opportunities and developing partnerships.
What were you doing before you came into the care sector?
Before I came into the care sector I worked in Housing for a Housing Association and before that in Local Government. I have always worked in the public sector apart from a number of years serving in the armed forces.
What would you say to someone thinking about a career in care?
Give it a go – it can be very rewarding and can make a real positive difference to people’s lives.
What’s the best thing about working for Crossroads Together?
The staff are the heart and soul of the charity and it’s a pleasure to work with them all. Knowing that the charity you work for makes a huge difference to people lives gives me the energy to continue giving 100%; it makes the late nights and the early starts all worthwhile. The charity has been through a difficult time over the last few years because of austerity. However, we have changed and adapted and we are now in much better shape going forward. We have had to diversify and seek out innovation to keep going as a charity supporting carers, which is beginning to pay off so our future is actually quite exciting. We are also actively involved in the whole GM devolution agenda which will probably be rolled out across the UK regions so it’s great to be involved in trailblazer something new.
Which three words would your friends use to describe you?
Outgoing, genuine and creative.
Where’s your favourite holiday destination and why?
France, we are an outdoor family so the same place hotel, daily sun lounger doesn’t really work for us. We go camping in France, take our bikes and walking gear and move around exploring different places, trying different food and sampling the wine of course! I have been to many different places in the world but France (just like the UK to be honest) still has a lot to offer.
What’s your favourite hobby/pastime?
I would have to say cycling, it’s a big part of my life – I cycle about 50 miles a week. This is followed closely by walking; I have recently trained as a Mountain Leader helping groups explore the great outdoors. I also like cooking, anything from a homemade Tabula to a Jambalaya.