At TEAM we believe in the power of people working together to make change. Our people are the driving force behind the innovations and solutions we deliver to help our customers overcome their energy and sustainability challenges.
This is the first in a series of interviews in which we get to know some of the people who contribute to the success of our employee-owned business.
In this interview we will be getting to know Pauline Scoins from the Marketing team.
How long have you been in your current job and what is your role?
I am the Marketing and PR Executive at TEAM and I have worked here for 6 years. Whilst I have worked in many different sectors, working in energy was new to me, so when I joined, I had a lot to learn. My experience in marketing and communications brought me to this role. Before TEAM I worked for Cranfield University’s marketing departments. I’ve also worked in the charity sector and in television production.
What is it about your job do you enjoy the most?
A common theme throughout my work is the creation of content and communicating with people. In my role at TEAM, I love the variety and learning. Over the 6 years I have been here, there has been lots of changes that affect industry and the businesses we support. Keeping up with those is exciting and keeps our team on its toes. It is really rewarding when I write content that helps to communicate complicated information and help customers understand more about how they can contribute to net zero.
Are there any specific projects or achievements at work that you’re particularly proud of?
When we launched the new website last year, we were eager to transform how the website looked, to bring it up to date and to make it easier to navigate and more engaging. One project within this was to photograph my colleagues in the business. The new images of the people at TEAM look great and I think they make us look like a very welcoming business to work with; whenever I see a webpage and the portraits, I feel a sense of achievement. It’s also very rewarding when external publications publish an article that I have written.
What are you working on at the moment?
When people come to TEAM, they get a lot of “behind the scenes” support. Everything we deliver as a product or service has been enhanced by multiple departments and the people within them. Customers may only have one point of contact within the business, but many people have been involved to deliver the solution that they need. We thought it would be great to shine a light on the people who make our business special, so I have been interviewing colleagues to find a little bit out about them. This is my interview, and you will be hearing from some of my colleagues over the coming months.
In a world where energy management can make a difference, I am looking forward to seeing our customers commit to making changes and differences to help the planet.
Is there anything either industry related or related to your role that you are excited about in the future?
The business has recently become carbon neutral and we are working hard to reach net zero by 2030. As a Marketing team, we are regularly writing articles that help businesses understand how they can make their own impact on carbon reduction and sustainability. Each business has a different approach and, in a world where energy management can make a difference, I am looking forward to seeing our customers commit to making changes and differences to help the planet.
What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
It’s a bit of a mixture really. I love seeing friends, going out for drinks or dinner. I have a primary aged daughter, so activities tend to be family orientated. I like to be active too. When I get time to myself, I like to go to the gym, for a run, swim or bike ride. I’ve previously done sprint triathlons and I got really into running a few years ago. I have done 8 half marathons and this year I walked a marathon along the South Downs Way for charity. I generally love being outside and moving!
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?
It’s very eclectic. From alternative pop to indie, soul, hip hop, dance, and lots in between.
Are there any books you are currently reading or that you would recommend?
I both read and listen to books, lately it is more listening as I can do so whilst out walking or gardening. I have just finished “Still Life” by Sarah Winman. The story starts with a young British soldier who is based in Italy in the second world war and follows his life and the many fascinating people he makes special friendships with throughout the decades that follow. The characters are unforgettable, they all have their own vibrant stories to tell, and this book has really left an impression on me.
Do you have any pets? Tell me about them!
Sidney the cat. He is my shadow and is 15 years old. My colleagues are a fan of his appearances in Teams meetings.
What’s your favourite travel destination or a place you have always wanted to visit?
I spent a year in Australia and New Zealand – that was amazing. Spain is a bit of a favourite place and I have been camping there several times, but I would love to explore much more of Europe. I’m considering an Interrailing holiday one year, and I dream of going to New York.
Do you have any hidden talents or interesting skills?
I’m a time-poor creative type. I used to make a lot of clothes but struggle to find time to do so. I’ve always loved gardening and decided to study horticulture with a course I can dip in and out of, and I help a gardener friend in some gardens with the aim to boost my practical knowledge. As well as that, I love interior design and am, slowly, revamping my house.
What’s the most memorable concert or live performance you’ve attended?
I have seen Bjork twice and I was lucky to see her perform in the amphitheatre in Verona. Open air concert, sitting on the warm stone in an ancient building. It was pretty special.
Do you have any funny or unusual stories from your past experiences?