Alison Tait, Break the Silence - Women of Inspiration 2018


 I’m inspired by the successes of the clients who make such positive changes to their lives through their recovery journey with Break the Silence.     

 What is your current role within the company?

 Chief Executive.

 What is your background prior to working for this company/setting up your company?

 Previously Chief Executive of The Robert Burns World Federation.  I joined the Board of Break the       Silence when it was founded by my friend Kate Short in 2004.  I became Treasurer and, several years   later, Acting Chair.  I left the Board to take over as Chief Executive when Kate retired in August 2015.Prior to this, my background was in Exporting and Office Management and I also ran my own business offering Business Development, Office Management, Events and Admin services.

  What makes your company and/or your role stand out?

   Kate Short founded our charity - herself a CSA Survivor.  Kate worked relentlessly to help survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse and, although Kate retired from Break the Silence in 2015, she remains a specialist advisor to the Board of Trustees and meets with all new Staff.  Our staff are privileged to carry on her legacy, continuing the valuable work that she started in 2004.  This is a responsibility which the Team takes very seriously and they constantly strive to improve in all that we do.  Kate took Break the Silence through Phase 1 and Phase 2 of its development and growth and, since being in post, I have overseen further development in Phase 3 where we have moved to new premises, increased the number of clients we help and introduced several new and very successful services which greatly benefit our clients.    

What is your area of expertise / inspiration?

My degree is in Business Administration & Finance and I love working with figures.  However, my role day-to-day is wide and varied.  My role involves overseeing all aspects of the successful operations of a busy company/charity.  I am self-motivated and my job never seems like ‘work’ because I enjoy what I do.  I’m inspired by the successes of the clients who make such positive changes to their lives through their recovery journey with Break the Silence.  It’s extremely heartening to watch people blossom and thrive.

What are your plans for the future?

Our culture of continuous improvement and excellence ensures that, whilst carrying out their daily duties, Staff constantly challenge and explore new, improved ways of working which offer benefit.  This open approach enables us to harness creativity and innovation, succeed through the talent of our Staff and develop organisational capability, achieving outstanding results.  We are currently working towards a quality accreditation, developing new digital approaches, increasing marketing activity, exploring new client management software and strengthening our financial forecasting.  Delivery of new activities is designed where possible, on a sustainable basis.  Our Client-led Advisory Group and Team work together to identify new opportunities to assist with recovery.  Our Head of Income Generation seeks funding to make these opportunities a reality, developing a project plan and budget which the Team work against.

What inspires or motivates you?

Our founder, Kate Short, inspired me, originally, to become involved with the charity and she continues to be my main motivation as I strive to successfully continue the organisation which was, in effect, her ‘Baby’.  Our Survivors inspire me – without going into detail, they are some of the most amazing people I have ever met!