I bring my personal values to work by owning up straight away if I make a mistake. I find this helps to build trust with my colleagues and managers. I also try not to attach blame on others when something has gone wrong. It’s more positive to see what lessons we can learn. I experienced a very unhappy period at work when I was bullied by a manager. On the plus side, it enabled me help others in a similar position, and to appreciate and advocate the importance of the House of Commons’ ‘Valuing Others’ and ‘Respect’ policies.
The advice I would give my younger self is you really should have got rid of that chip on your shoulder about your disability a whole lot sooner! It’s OK to be who you are.
By accepting my nomination as a role model I am hopeful that I will be able to make some contribution towards making a positive difference in Parliament. I would encourage new members of staff starting at Parliament to join at least one of the Workplace Equality Networks! They are fun as well as worthwhile, and will considerably broaden your experience in Parliament. A previous manager in Parliament helped me to develop to my full potential, simply by allowing me to be who I am, placing trust in me, giving me stretching but achievable tasks and objectives, and also by simply being a friend.
Anne's role in Parliament
I am Head of the Directorate Business Support in the Parliamentary Estates Directorate (PED). My team provides business and secretarial support to all the teams in PED, which consists of around 200 staff. I also support the Director of PED in his functions, liaising with colleagues from around both Houses, and offering friendly advice and support, on interactions with Members, Peers and Parliamentary committees and bodies.