Meet the Team - Becky Lythgoe, Director

In our series of profiling our team, this month we ask Becky Lythgoe, one of our directors, to answer our 10 questions about working at Greenstream.

1. How did you start working at Greenstream?

I knew one of the founders and was asked if I would be interested in applying for the role of project development officer when Greenstream was as the very beginning of its journey.

2. You joined in 2010. What areas have you been involved in?

I joined in January 2010 and have been involved in so many different parts of the business from setting up business processes, writing content for the website, attending events, creating eBay listings, to delivering training, working with volunteers and sorting carpet tiles.  No two days are the same.

3. What is the team like to work with?

The Greenstream team are a diverse and fantastic bunch of people.  The breadth of life skills and experiences makes it an interesting team to be a part of.

4. What has been the most important lesson you have learnt so far?

To remember the 'why'.  The purpose of the organisation is the guiding light for any decisions, and difficult ones are helped by remembering this.

5. What is the best thing about what you do at Greenstream?

The people I work with and the new ideas and perspectives for how we can work towards our goals; or improve the way we do something.

6. What has been the most astonishing thing you have had to deal with?

I think the most astonishing thing is that we have to exist. That there are carpet tiles just being thrown away, and that there are people without flooring.

7. Do you think a circular economy is feasible?

We have to believe it is feasible to make a difference and work towards tackling climate change and social justice.  The circular economy is just one way to achieve these.

8. Where do you see the business in 5 years?

I see the business as existing successfully to create social value; and I hope it inspires others to make changes, big and small.

9. What’s been your proudest moment?

There is no one moment. I am proud when any member of the team sets personal goals and achieves them, from completing a training course to passing their driving test, to feeling ready to find a new challenge. Those individual stories of overcoming barriers are amazing.

10. If you had one piece of advice to someone starting a social enterprise, what would it be?

Remember the why and the how will follow.

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