Welcome to the first in the series of 'People Behind the Work'. Here you can learn more about Ecorys UK staff and the great work they do. This week focuses on the interns currently working in the Ecorys UK Birmingham office.
Melissa Hobbs – Creative Services
‘Working at Ecorys UK has not only allowed me to progress my technical skills, but I was also inspired to start learning French as so many colleagues are multilingual.’
I started at Ecorys UK in January 2015 as a Junior Graphic Designer. I have the best of both worlds here as working in a fairly small team enables me to learn quickly, whilst producing work for high-profile clients such as the European Commission and the British Council. I graduated with a First class honours in Photography, so not only have I worked on designing brochures for Erasmus+ and leaflets for EIT, but I also shot the imagery for our rejuvenated, upcoming Digital Team website.
Agustin Palacio- Programme Management and Communications
‘I’ve never worked in such a multicultural workplace. It’s fantastic to meet people from all over the world, just next to your desk.’
Having previously worked for local media, I’m now responsible for researching and gathering data from multiple sources. I can present the results in an appealing way through infographics and visualisations. I offer both journalistic and designing skills. From my educational background I have advanced knowledge of search engine optimisation, social media management, computing and webmastering. As Spanish native, I also translate communication materials into Spanish.
Sanjeet Shergill- Digital Team
‘Working alongside such a supportive team has helped me to develop my skills’
Since joining Ecorys UK as a Digital Communications Assistant I have worked on a range of tasks which have helped me to develop my technical skills. As part of the Digital Team I have worked for many clients including Big Lottery Fund and the European Commission. Some of my work includes managing social media accounts and webmastering. I have created infographics, Prezi presentations and written blogs for clients such as the Big Lottery Fund.
Charlotte Ruitinga – Policy and Research (London office)
‘Ecorys UK is really a place where you can grow. The organisation is really supportive. Not only do they offer regular training opportunities, but I am constantly learning new things through my everyday work as well.’
I moved to London in October 2015 to start working as a research assistant with Ecorys UK and it has been a great experience so far. I have had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, thus being able to apply and develop both my quantitative and qualitative research skills. My day-to-day activities include conducting desk research, carrying out interviews, setting up and analysing surveys and writing reports. I really enjoy the fact that the projects are for a range of clients. While with my background I mainly work on EU projects, it has also been really interesting to work on some local projects, for instance, for the Premier League, Sport England and the Greater London Authority.