Community has been part of my life as long as I remember.
From growing up in a small Dorset village to singing in choirs, joining the Sea Cadets and numerous groups at University, I've always found or built a 'tribe' around the things I care about.
Needless to say, when the opportunity to work as a Community Manager supporting an Open Source project which I am passionate about arose, I jumped at the chance and haven't looked back since. In May 2020 I had the opportunity to step up to Project Lead as DB Hurley stepped back from the role.
Community Management is a truly diverse profession which allows me to bring my wide range of skills into action (and has forced me to learn a whole load of new skills to boot!).
Leading the Mautic community is wonderful job in many ways. It brings together my geekiness with my love of people and community. It allows me to channel my energies in a direction that allows me to help others succed, which one of my core values.
As many other CM's will tell you, it's also a real challenge. Working for a project that you are really passionate about makes it hard to switch off. Being Project Lead for a community that never sleeps can lead to feeling like you are 'always available'. It's definitely a balancing act, but also a daily challenge and an exciting opportunity to help this Open Source project grow and thrive!