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Lowri Richards – Graduate Case Study

Lowri joined the Sanctuary Graduate Development Programme in 2013, attracted by the varied and challenging experience of working in the not for profit housing sector.

Placements in Sanctuary Supported Living, Community Investment, Assets and Home Care each presented her with unique opportunities to work on projects both addressing business need and affecting positive change.

Graduating from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Geography, Lowri said: “I gained valuable knowledge on how each business area operates and learned how our commercial approach is key to delivering quality services.

“I was able to develop a wide range of strategic, analytical and communication skills, which were complemented with internal and external training opportunities. The scheme offered a very supportive environment for learning and development, and having a business mentor in the final year of the programme helped me to make important decisions about my career.”

When the scheme concluded, Lowri relocated to take up a role as Service Development Officer with Sanctuary Scotland, working on a variety of projects to continuously improve services and ensure Sanctuary remains a sector-leading social landlord.

These included developing an operating model for new mid-market rent properties across Scotland, working on the implementation of a business-wide software solution and supporting service users to independently scrutinise Sanctuary’s services.

In her current role as Business Analyst for Sanctuary Supported Living, she enjoys applying the skills and experience she has gained during her career to date in a complex and varied sector.

Lowri, who also has an MA in Community Organising from Queen Mary University London, said: “I am embracing the challenges and opportunities that adult social care and supported housing present and it is really rewarding to promote best practice and create business models that ensure a consistently high-quality service is delivered.

“I would recommend the programme to anyone wishing to gain experience and an understanding of how large scale charitable organisations function, as well as acquiring sector-specific knowledge and transferrable analytical and management skills.”