A photo of Martin Boyce, Director of People, talking to someone at an eventWhat is your role at SeeAbility?

I’m the People Director for SeeAbility. This means I’m responsible for the people team (Human Resources), Recruitment, Learning & Development, Internal Communications and People Experience/Employee Engagement. My role is mainly about how we can make the employment experience from the moment people apply to when people leave a positive one.

If employees are happy, so are the people we support and their families. With this in mind, my priorities are around addressing the current sector challenges: reducing turnover, recruiting and retaining talented people, reviewing pay and benefits, and strengthening how we reward and recognise the great work people do. The challenge is to do this with not a lot of funding!

What do you enjoy about your work?

I learn so much from the people we support, colleagues and families who help inform my priorities and inspire me to do my best. I also speak to operational colleagues every day and I work closely with my team, who are highly visible within operational teams and in the homes of the people we support every day. Overall, this helps me to gain a good insight into what’s happening across the organisation. I’m a strong advocate for inclusion and equality, which is what SeeAbility is all about, so I feel very privileged to be part of SeeAbility and I can’t think of anything more rewarding to be honest.

What lessons has your work life taught you?

I learn something new every day, which is why I love what I do. However, the one thing that guides my thinking every day is that everyone has their own unique talents and potential. That's why it's so important to create an environment where difference is rewarded and strengths are built upon, so that people can be who they are whilst being great at what they do.

What do you do in your spare time and why?

When I’m not at work I’m working hard on my fitness, hitting the gym or running in my local park on a Saturday morning. Cycling and gardening are also high on the list. But at the heart of it all I’m a man who cherishes his family and friends and so I spend as much time as I can with them.

If you'd like to get in touch with Martin, you can email him at [email protected]