Duncan McAuley recently joined Action Foundation as Head of Client Services, a brand new role for the charity. We caught up with him for a chat to find out more about him on both a professional and personal level, as well as getting the lowdown on what his job is all about…
Tell us a bit about yourself
I live in Stockton on Tees with my wife Rachel and our 8 month old child Ezra. I am at heart a Geordie though, having been born and raised in Wallsend, though I lost the accent pretty quickly I am hoping to pick it back up again now I’m working in Newcastle surrounded by it!
My wife and I are part of a church community and are committed to a project focusing on poor urban areas where we live. We enjoy various sports (ask me about canoe polo sometime), music and getting outdoors with our dog, Jasper. Recently we’ve been enjoying just getting out of the house at all!
What’s your career background?
I’ve worked for almost all of my professional life in the voluntary sector or in the church, always focussing on engaging the most vulnerable groups in our communities. More recently I worked in the housing sector, but again delivering a service to a vulnerable group, refugees!
What drew you to working at Action Foundation?
I was (and still am) excited by the work that Action Foundation are doing, getting to play a part in a dynamic and growing organisation has presented me with a new opportunity and challenge; a chance to learn and grow, as well as contribute to something positive.
What will you be doing in your new role?
In my new role I’ll get to do a little bit of lots of things, which is one of the elements that excited me! I’ll be looking after all of our client facing work, so I’ll be working closely with the project managers to ensure what we deliver is both high quality and sustainable.
What’s been the best thing about joining Action Foundation so far?
Lots of the team have Geordie accents! The team are what make this organisation great and the welcome I’ve received has been fantastic.