A catch up with Ellen Spooner…
We catch up with Ellen Spooner, whose interest in housing originated from her dissertation on the UK’s Tiny House movement.
Read below our full catch up with Ellen Spooner and all she has to offer in her new role…
As one of the newest members of the team at Altair, tell us about your background and experience so far:
I studied Geography at Bristol University and graduated in 2020. In the interim year, I worked as an administrative officer at the NHS and then at Community Led Housing London. Here I led on communications and financial admin duties.
My interest in the housing sector originated from my undergraduate studies, where I undertook a thought-provoking module about housing in the city. I then conducted my dissertation research investigating the Tiny House movement in the UK.
From there, I realised my interest in developing a career in the housing sector, which ultimately led me to apply for Altair.
What attracted you most to join Altair and apply for the graduate scheme?
One of the things that most attracted me to Altair was the wide-reaching range of projects and clients that the company works with, alongside the comprehensive training that the graduate scheme offered.
I was also drawn to the people-oriented culture of the company. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to work with experts in the field and engaging with clients.
What areas are you most excited about working in over the next year?
I’m excited to better understand the development process and follow the journey of a project through appraisals, planning and construction to when it becomes a home for someone.
I also have a big interest in sustainability and am looking forward to applying this to the field of property development to help move the sector towards building more sustainable housing going forward.
What expertise do you bring that you think will be of most value to your role at Altair, and what skills are you hoping to develop?
My dissertation gave me invaluable insights into the housing sector, as well as experience in research and analysis. I’m super keen to learn and passionate about improving the sector. There is a lot to learn as I’m quite new to the industry, but I’m very excited.
In terms of development, I’m looking forward to understanding development appraisals, the process of planning and how different aspects of the development process fit together.
How do you like to spend your free time? What do you do on weekends?
I spend most of my free time with my family and friends, as well as a gym class or two! I also love to travel and am looking forward to visiting somewhere new when restrictions allow me to.
Find out more about Ellen by viewing her Altair profile here.
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