Lockdown Team Blog - Series 2: Rebecca Ward

23 March 2021

2 minutes to read.

Last year, our teams produced a series of blogs written by colleagues across multiple divisions of the company. They provided a small insight into our evolving working practices and values as we all adjusted to our new post-COVID19 world. Now we're back with our second series!

Here is the eleventh in our 2nd series of posts from our Leonard House Head of Site, Rebecca Ward

What a year!

I don’t think any of us anticipated being in this position a year on. It’s been a challenge (and don’t get me wrong every day brings a new one!), but the people here at Carpenters truly amaze me. I’m so proud of all of our colleagues and so thankful to be a part of such a fantastic team.

The only option we had when we moved to home working was to all pull together. Our IT Department truly excelled in getting us all set up in record time. This wasn’t easy but thanks to them, we’ve all been able to continue doing what we do best and providing a service to our clients. We’ve come such a long way in such a short space of time and hopefully, in the future, we will all look back on the last year with a great sense of achievement.

The difficulties with home working are present for us all. I have to admit my main issues have been the sound of my darling daughter’s voice and my inability to avoid a cheeky glass of prosecco at the end of my working day. However, it has given us time to re-evaluate and be grateful for all of the small things in life. Things we probably took for granted in one way or another.

My role involves being part of collaborative discussions with various insurers, this has continued throughout the last year, many of these ongoing relationships were formed after the first lockdown in March 2020 and all of the relationships have been further cemented. I am sure that the benefits of those open relationships we have built during a challenging time will continue post COVID. This has shown how quickly Carpenters Group and the industry has adapted when faced with challenges that none of us would have anticipated and I look forward to those mutually beneficial relationships continuing to blossom.

I think this last lockdown has been tougher on us all. We’ve got so used to being confined to our homes that it’s hard to feel like it’s ever going to end. But now, with the road map being announced and the dates firmly in all of our minds, we must remember the end is in sight. I’m so excited to see my colleagues and build on the changes we’ve made - here’s to a brighter future!"