My job is to help to maintain and enhance the reputation of the organisation with external stakeholders which means that I organise a lot of meetings and briefings, arrange conference appearances, help with speeches and any number of other things.

Rob MicklewrightIn fact, it is the opportunity to get involved with other things, outside of what might be thought of as my core role, that I particularly enjoy. It gives me the chance to learn new skills and means that the job is constantly interesting.

I initially joined because I have always been interested in the energy sector. It is very high on the political agenda, and it feels that I am involved in something that really matters.


I hoped the role would offer variety, and it really has. There is direct impact in the work that I do, and I feel that I am making a contribution.

The organisation as a whole reinforces that. It’s clear that staff are valued, and real effort is made to ensure that a proper work/life balance is struck. You are expected to get your work done but trusted to manage your own time. There is a respectful culture, and the organisation lives its values.

Another way you can see that is in training. There is a good budget, and you are encouraged to take up training opportunities when they arise. Career progression can be difficult in a smallish organisation, but the opportunity to learn new skills and take on fresh challenges stands you in good stead for your future career.

Management is genuinely very good. Staff are given the freedom to work in the way they think is best. Of course, there is oversight but generally speaking you are trusted to get on and do the job properly.

I would honestly advise anyone thinking of coming to work at the NSTA to get your application in. It is challenging, interesting, valuable work, with supportive colleagues from a mix of professional backgrounds and a responsive management who want you to get the best out of yourself.