Alison Trufitt | Interview

by | Feb 28, 2022

Alison Trufitt

SVGC Staff Profiles

At SVGC we’re proud to be a small business formed of experienced, highly qualified people operating on a national platform. Our team collectively has vast knowledge of strategic planning, public sector decisions, innovative technologies, data science and agile working methodologies.

Get to know Alison Trufitt, our new Digital Sensitivity Review Programme Manager. Alison has 25 years’ experience in Project Management in the defence sector specialising in Equipment Test and Evaluation and most recently in project Governance and Assurance. She joined SVGC Digital Sensitivities Review (DSR) team from QinetiQ and believes that the key to successful projects is excellent stakeholder management.

1. What are your ‘must haves’ to start the working day?

I usually start the day with a walk – it helps me prepare for the day, this is the perfect time to work things through in my head. It also combines with another of my interests, which is bird watching. I make sure I stop if I see anything of interest, or unusual which all adds up to a positive start. I can boast, most recently, sighting of tree creepers, a pair of lesser spotted woodpeckers and a goldcrest – just in one day! Goes to show that taking time to notice details can be very rewarding.

2. What’s your proudest work achievement to date?

In a previous role in QinetiQ, I was asked to “job sit” for a colleague whilst on leave; this project was part of a multi-partner collaboration in which we were the prime, and I ended up working on this for three years. It was a great opportunity, which included interesting trials and visits, but most importantly it was very successful; the project was extended and also increased in value. Another important aspect were the contacts that I made – relationships are such a critical factor in success – and, although I didn’t know it at the time, eventually some of those contacts led me here, to SVGC.

3. What do you love most about what you do?

Without a doubt, the relationships and stakeholder management side of the work. The processes, life cycles and systems engineering are critical and play a big part, but success is driven by people, by building and maintaining relationships and trust. It’s great to see people that you’ve worked with growing and achieving, and also to change and grow yourself as you move through stages in your career.

4. What does your typical working day look like?

It is hard to predict exactly, being so new into the role, and at the moment I’m a bit like a detective – researching, looking at stakeholder mapping, sifting and identifying all the important aspects through the volume of information. In the future, I will have a more regular drum beat, which I envisage will include a lot of customer engagement, and clearly with a focus on milestones and delivery.

5. When you hit a wall workwise, what do you do to help overcome the hurdle?

I’ve learnt to create space rather than simply react to situations, or even crises. I like to take time to digest, to create time and – if possible – wait for the following day. To approach the obstacle perhaps using a subtly different skill set. As with the beginning of my day, sometimes walking helps compose my thoughts and get into a state of readiness – very few of us can deal with things in a measured way when we’re ‘on the ceiling’!

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