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Staff Spotlight On...Lesley
Meet Lesley Aukett!

Lesley Aukett is one of our Training Administrators, based in the Milton Keynes office in the UK and has been with us nearly a year, originally joining in August 2019.

1. Before working at MRN, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I’ve had an array of part-time jobs when I was younger, from a hairdresser, frozen yoghurt seller and shoe shop assistant. Prior to joining MRN, I’d been with the same company for almost 15 years – the most interesting role I had was dealing with Debt Recovery – some stories you get told are both amusing, and others break your heart.

2. What three words best describe MRN for you?

Caring – Passionate – Progressive

3. What do you like most about MRN and what do you find the most challenging?

What we do and what we stand for. Even as a Training Administrator, I know that what I do daily can have such a huge impact on people’s lives - for the better. I honestly feel proud every day that I am part of an organisation that’s making the world a better place – how many people can say that?!

Having not worked in the industry previously has probably been my biggest challenge, getting to grips with GCP etc. I also came from a big corporate company with over 14,000 employees, the move to a smaller company took some adjusting however I think I am there now.

4. Why did you want to join MRN?

What we do and what we stand for had the biggest appeal to me. Also being able to bring some of my experiences and skills from my previous role into MRN to help improve processes and introduce new ideas…… and I haven’t been disappointed.

5. What do you want to achieve while at MRN?

I really want to bring training and learning to the forefront of MRN and change people’s perceptions of it. I can understand how much training is required in the industry why it is often seen as an ‘I have to do that, so I’ll just do it’. I want people to be engaged and want to do training/learning not just because of their job dictates, they have too.

6. What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

Professionally – finally working out what it was I wanted to do for the rest of my working life at 27! I was given the opportunity in 2014 to spend a month in India training new staff and it was the best experience, possibly of my life and my working life. I learnt so much, saw so much and fell in love with training people.

Personally – my biggest achievement is my family. I have a wonderful husband, three amazing stepchildren and in November this year, we will be welcoming our own addition to the family. 

I find it funny, as a younger person you imagine how your personal life will pan out, boyfriend, home, marriage and children……. More often than not, that’s not how it happens but I feel truly lucky that that is exactly how it happened for me (there were ups and downs – nothing is perfect)!

7. If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

I’d love to be a man for the day!! No sexism involved here, I would just genuinely like to see how things are for the other sex, emotions, thoughts etc… I think it would be really interesting to experience the differences.

8. What is the first concert you attended?

The Corrs!!! Live at the NEC in Birmingham when I was about 10! My parents took my sister and I and we both still love them over 20 years later!

9. Do you have a favourite quote or saying?

Don’t chase happiness, create it. It’s one, I like to think is personal to me. I have it tattooed on my leg and it is a constant reminder when things get a bit tough that you do have to find and make your own happiness in life and you can!

10. People would be surprised if they knew…?

I am football-crazy!!! An avid Tottenham Hotspur fan but I will watch ANY football, my husband thinks he’s the luckiest man alive because I am that into it!

11. What is your favourite book/film?

I am not a big film person though I’ll admit to being a fan of the Marvel films. Books – there are again too many, books I can pick up, again and again, are Anne Frank’s diary and Paul Britain’s Jigsaw Man. Both very different and I love them for different reasons.

12. What’s something you’d like to experience?

Having children of my own and it’s now happening! I’ve wanted to be a mum for a long time and am very excited to meet my little person in November


Thanks to Lesley for taking part in this month's staff spotlight, come back next month for more, or if you'd like to find out more about joining MRN and what current career options we have you can view those here.

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Toby Heath
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