Eight-year-old me would love my job!
Consultancy Manager Liz Johnson reveals what her job is all about and why she’s sharing what she gets up to on Twitter.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I graduated from the University of Leicester with an MA in Museum Studies in 2004. Since then I’ve been immersed in all things museum – albeit more to do with strategy and policy over the past decade. I work at Arts Council England as a relationship manager, looking after partnerships, investment and strategy and I’m currently leading a secondment on the research, development and formulation of the Arts Council’s response to the Government led Museums Review.
And what made you decide to apply for the role of Consultancy Manager at the National Trust?
Because the eight-year-old me would have loved it! In reality though, it suits my skills and experience, and is just so interesting. It appeals to me as a person and my core love of heritage. I enjoy the contrast of the properties, the land and outdoors strategy – all of it speaks to me; how these amazing places fitted together in the past and how they work now and for the future. While the job itself came up at very busy time for me, I just couldn’t say no to the opportunity.
What does a Consultancy Manager at the National Trust do?
Within the Trust, properties use individual specialist consultants in digital, catering and surveying, for example, to help them with particular issues or projects. My job is to manage this process and make sure the consultants are adding value to the property and estate teams.
Why are you tweeting about your work?
It’s not something that I’ll do forever, but I think it’s a great digital challenge for me that offers an interesting insight into the Trust. There are a couple of digital experts in my team and I wanted to understand a little more about their role. Aside from that, I like sharing my experiences with other people, lifting the lid on what my role involves, what it’s like working for the Trust and what an induction is like here. It’s tricky in that I can’t share everything, but I’m really enjoying it so far.