Andrea Willimott talks to us about her background and why she joined Attain

Andrea WillimottTell us a little bit about yourself

I trained as a nurse and midwife, progressing through a wide range of clinical and managerial roles. I am extremely passionate about patient care and getting services right which I started early in my career. I also love people development and I am a mentor/coach and 360 degree feedback facilitator.

I have been married for 26 years and am a mum of two boys who have pretty much grown up now, 21 and 17! I am owner of two very different dogs, a ridgeback and a cocker spaniel – after my family they are my joy. I have a fun, social side and like to get together with friends and family and try new experiences. Until a few years ago I was the captain, ran and played for a local netball team. I was born in Harrogate in North Yorkshire (I make amazing Yorkshire puddings!), have lived in America for a year as well as the North East and North West. In the last few years I have found a love of city breaks – I am working my way to visiting as many as I can, as and when I can.

How have your first 30 days been at Attain?

Excellent! They are great people and I have heard patients mentioned the most I have for a long time. The organisation is very much based on values, quality and getting the job done well, first time. I feel very much at home as their values match my values. I am enjoying the opportunity to work on a fantastic but challenging programme and with some fantastic leaders in the health and social care system. Attain also has a very visible leadership and there is a huge interest and support from the Directors.

What attracted you to Attain?

The values of the company and the transformation element of the work they do; the opportunity to build on what I know but be able to do it on a different foot print; and to work in a like- minded team of great individuals.

What’s the best thing about being employed with Attain?

Doing what I love with a fantastic, dedicated team of people!

What do you hope the future brings for you with Attain?

I hope I get lots of opportunities to work UK wide and deliver high quality services and products that make a difference to people.