A day in the life of Jenny Burns (Programme Lead for Wales, Mental Health Foundation)

We asked our latest member Jenny Burns, Programme Lead for Wales at the Mental Health Foundation, what a usual day consists of. From keeping organised with work plans to a love of sailing we find out how Jenny motivates her team and what she likes to do in her downtime.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Make a cup of red bush tea

What does a ‘normal working day’ look like for you?
I usually get to work or start about 8am and finish by 4pm (Monday to Thursday). Friday is my day to study (trying to finish a PhD).

What time is lunch and what do you usually have?
Lunch is when my stomach starts to rumble which is about 12ish. I try to bring my own lunch or go to Lidl for something – maybe a salad with prawns or avocado. Seeing as I usually have to cook for an army of sons and husband at home, it is nice to treat myself and pick something I would like!

What is your favourite part of your job?
Seeing the impact we have on preventing mental ill health and for those struggling with mental health issues in innovative and creative ways. See https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/wales for more about the work we do.

How do you stay organised?
Lists, priorities and a diary plus keeping my boundaries with time (e.g. not overworking, exercising each day etc.)

Do you plan your working days or take each day as it comes?
E-mail inbox first usually then tackle the ‘list’, unless their is another pressing priority.

What are your top tips for keeping you/your team motivated and productive?
Encouragement, interest in their work, co-designed work-plans.

If you could have one day completely to yourself, what would you do with it?
It would be a sunny day of course during the summer. Go sailing in Saundersfoot bay, Pembrokeshire, have a picnic with my husband on the beach followed by a nap and later a swim in the sea.

What is the most useful piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Treat others how you would like to be treated.

So there’s a little insight into the life of Jenny Burns. Keep an eye out for future ‘A day in the life of..’ stories from Workbench members.