Hi, I'm Jodie, I'm a Risk and Controls Business Partner and I've worked at Camelot for around one year. Before joining Camelot I was a chartered accountant working in an accountancy practice firm in the city for 6 years. While I was on maternity leave this great opportunity popped up which would mean no travelling on the train or tube and no long hours (which, with a 10-month-old son was a real bonus) so I applied and was successful. It all happened very quickly, I wasn’t actively looking for a new role at the time but it sounded too good to pass up, especially as it's doing something that I enjoy.
What’s the most unusual thing about working at Camelot and about your role in particular?
The most unusual thing about working for Camelot is the fun games, competitions and events that they put on so frequently for employees. As Camelot employees are not allowed to play any of The National Lottery games, Camelot makes a real effort to find other ways for us to celebrate and enjoy milestone events. Examples include the afternoon tea we had as part the royal wedding celebrations, where we all got to spend the afternoon drinking bubbles and beer out in the sunshine whilst eating tasty nibbles. Another example is the raffle put on to celebrate the launch of a new National Lottery game, I particularly enjoyed this one as I won £100!
The most unusual thing about my role, in particular, is that although I am part of Finance, as part of the Compliance Team I barely work with numbers. Although I am a Chartered Accountant, there are other members of the team who are not accountants which I think adds to the rich dynamic of the team.
Why should someone join the Finance team at Camelot?
The teams are relatively small which means that each person genuinely has a big impact and a critical role to play.
What skills do you need to be successful in this team?
To be successful in this role you need to be confident speaking to absolutely anyone, have the ability to adapt to Camelot's informal culture and be able to work independently while willing to support the goals of the wider team.
How does working at Camelot challenge you?
I have a lot of independence to run the programme the way I want to and to set my own milestones. The challenge here is that when you are trusted, no one is keeping a tab of your progress and you have to be great at managing your own workload and time.
What makes you proud to work for Camelot?
It has to be the staggering amount of money raised for Good Causes (on average, it's around £30 million every week!).
What do you do in your spare time?
My son has a busier social life than me! I spend many weekends attending his various social events and birthday parties! I love to spend my spare time dining out and buying clothes, shoes and makeup!
What’s an interesting fact that not many people know about you?
I used to be part of a street dance crew. We performed locally at schools and youth clubs!
What are the 3 things could you not live without and why?
My son - he fills my heart with joy and makes me laugh every day!