We have a new member of staff, Mary Rose Roberts, who joined the Findacure team last week as our new Events Officer. In this post, we would like to introduce you to her.

What were you doing before you joined Findacure?

Before joining Findacure, I was busy finishing my B.A. degree in Politics at Keele University, which I completed in summer 2014. Whilst there I was able to benefit from an expansive program which allowed me to study everything from American, British and European Politics, environmental issues, NGO’s and non-profits, and my favourite: the impact of the media. I also had the opportunity to engage in a field trip to North Carolina and study first-hand how culture and politics in America intertwine.

After graduating, I moved to London to experience the big city life (everyone’s got to at some point, right?) whilst working as a Receptionist and Legal Secretary. Since moving back home, I’ve been determined to focus on finding a role I would be passionate about and would complement my long-term career goals – thus Findacure!

Why did you choose to join the Findacure team?

I’ve always loved organising and taking charge, probably a bit too much at times! During University I became the Social Secretary for the Trampoline Club, which allowed me to put these skills into practice by managing the club’s events and charity calendar for the academic year. I was able to have a hand in organising a variety of different functions and have a fun and rewarding experience at the same time. It was this in particular that gave me a real love for events management and made me positive of pursing this as career.

So I knew what I wanted to do but I didn’t quite know where. As a result studying politics, I became a lot more socially conscious and developed a wish to be “part of the process”. I wanted to work in an environment that I felt really made an impact on society and where my input would be making a difference – and the charity sector met all the criteria. After a lengthy search I finally came across the Findacure role and immediately recognised it as something I wanted. Their work sounded interesting, innovative, and ambitious and upon meeting the rest of the team I knew this was where I wanted to be.

What do you want to achieve most at Findacure?

Once I’ve settled in to the Events Officer role and taken on new responsibilities, I would love to be able to utilise my own ideas for event opportunities and (hopefully) see them be successful. I would also like to build and expand my own knowledge of the rare disease community and the work that is being done within it.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I’ve been an avid skier since I was young and try to go as much as possible – those mountains won’t conquer themselves! I also love swimming, especially in the sea and can often be found in the cold icy depths, much to the confusion of others. I’m also a big fan of taking photos and can almost always be relied upon to have a camera on my person. As a result, scrapbooking and making collages have recently become new hobbies of mine.

What is your favourite book/film/TV show and why?

Hmmm, my favourite book is tricky as it changes too often but my favourite series would have to be Harry Potter (I’m quite nerdy) and I’ve read and watched the whole saga more times than I can count. Ghostbusters is by far my favourite film and I could probably quote my way through it. My favourite TV show is easy – The West Wing. It’s the perfect combination of political drama, witty and intelligent dialogue and, ultimately, hope. Diagnosis Murder must be given an honourable mention (what’s not to love about an eccentric crime solving doctor played by Dick Van Dyke) and, of course, the Eurovision Song Contest – you’d be hard pressed to find someone more obsessed with it than me.

If you would like to contact Mary Rose, please email: maryrose@findacure.org.ukMary RoseCapture cropped184876_10150435252730297_2055494_n4178_88132426177_7892129_n