Let me introduce to you a series of interviews with the InnoVentum Team members called "Who are we at InnoVentum?" I would like to give you a better idea of the professionals that make us GREAT, since most of us stay behind the scenes. We shall talk both about the role of each individual in the InnoVentum team and about our personalities, interests and dispositions.
Today the spotlight is on Jacky Parkhouse – the person of many talents and responsibilities: she supports our CEO Sigvald Harryson and manages all organisational matters at the office, keeping an attentive eye on the financial side of InnoVentum and managing relations with the accounting and auditing firms, making sure that everything at the office is in perfect order and everyone on the team is well-informed and prepared to face new challenges.
Below you will find my interview with Jacky.
Original expressions and punctuation of the authors is preserved.
Ala Kazlova (AK): Tell us a little bit about yourself – what is your background, family history, education, travels, interests in life – please make a small introduction.
Jacky Parkhouse (JP): Born in UK in the late 70’s, my family moved to Nairobi, Kenya in the early 80’s. Back in those days Nairobi was called ‘The Green City in the Sun’, and it really was. To get to school we drove past Nairobi National Park, often seeing plains game or even Rhino from the school bus!
Being out in nature was a huge part of my childhood, weekends and holidays were usually spent camping in one of Kenya’s amazing national parks. This fostered a love of animals and nature, and growing up in Kenya I was all too aware of the fragility of our natural world. Thus, I went on to Liverpool, John Moores University to study BSc Countryside Management.
Having itchy feet, after graduation I went to London to work for a couple of years in order to save up for a year of travelling around Australia. Again, in Australia there is a huge emphasis on being environmentally aware especially when it comes to water resources.
Eventually my travels brought me to Sweden and in 2006 I moved here permanently. I’m married to a fellow Brit and we have 2 children.