Meet Liz Esler (Operations and Business Manager)

Throughout the next few months, we will share exclusive insight into the lives of our ever-growing list of team members. Liz Esler, our Operations and Business manager, joined CILNI back in December and is already an integral part of the team! Here is a little more about her including how she came to be in her role and a bit about her personal interests.

Give a brief outline of your career to date.

I graduated from University of Ulster in 1991 and worked in the private sector in linen manufacturing and grocery wholesale mostly in finance.

I moved into the community sector and worked in community development and social enterprise for many years. I managed a community-led organisation that delivers a wide range of initiatives to support local people to improve their lives, through personal development for example through Women’s groups and educational projects,  housing and environmental improvement schemes, employability courses through a woodwork and joinery school to support young men into the workplace and health & well-being activities in our community gym.


What does your job in CILNI entail?

I am responsible for day to day operations and contributing to the strategic development and growth of CILNI.  I also support the CEO to deliver sustainable services which enable disabled people to live more independent lives.


What is a typical day like?

In my work, no two days are ever the same. I arrive in the morning and work through my to-do list for the day and week.  I am responsible for Human Resource Management which could mean recruiting staff, creating training plans or working on the development of our fabulous and dedicated staff team.

I may be working on a particular project that would enhance the services that CILNI offer, for example tackling the issues around PA recruitment or developing partnerships with other organisations that help to fulfil our aims.


What do you like most about your job?

I feel that I am contributing in some small way to a movement that enhances others’ lives. There is a feeling of a shared vision and dedication to the mission in the organisation that makes a working day feel more rewarding.


Favourite sports or pastimes:

I enjoy walking with my dogs, travelling, and socialising with friends.


What is your favourite;

 Song:  One Day – Elbow

Movie: White Chicks

Book: The Life of Pi