Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: Ebony Pascall, Curriculum Operations Manager for Digital, Media & Graphics at Chesterfield College
My name is Ebony Pascall. I am the Curriculum Operations Manager for Digital, Media & Graphics at Chesterfield College. I have worked at the college for the last 8 years. Before that I was a freelance Production Assistant working for the BBC.
I have come full circle working at the college. As a former student at Chesterfield College I know what a difference studying here made for me and now I have the honour of shaping the lives of the next generation. It is really satisfying to see students grow and develop during their time with us.
It is fantastic to work with local businesses to give them the opportunities they need to get vital work experience. It isn’t just local organisations who provide these opportunities though. At the end of 2017, we became the UK partner to the Melodic Caring Project, a US based charity who stream live music to the bedsides of seriously ill people. We saw an opportunity to provide exciting work experience for media students at the same time as helping the charity spread the joy of music further across the globe. This has been a really rewarding part of my career so far.
What are the main benefits of working/running a business in Chesterfield?
There are so many benefits of working in Chesterfield; living close to my hometown means the commute to work is shorter and less stressful. Another benefit is being closer to home for family emergencies. One other benefit is that by working in my home town I am supporting and helping to grow the areas of employment for our future generation.
Which local business would you recommend and why?
The local restaurants and pubs in the town centre offer a fantastic selection of cuisines. More importantly, our local market offers a quality, quantity and price that you won’t find in any supermarket.
How would you describe Chesterfield to a potential visitor?
Chesterfield is a friendly, welcoming market town, where you get the best of the outdoor markets and the indoor franchise shops.
Which development do you think will most benefit the town?
HS2 for job prospects.
Which events are working well in Chesterfield and what kinds of events would you like to see in the future?
The Chesterfield Eye was great this year. The seasonal market events, including the Christmas light switch on also offer great opportunities. We should follow other towns and cities and have a Christmas market and a summer beach etc.
What excites you most about the future of Chesterfield?
Seeing the development of new hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities bringing more businesses and employment to the town is great to see.
Where in Chesterfield would you recommend for a lunchtime treat?
The Rectory, Pump and Grind, Einstein’s or any of the lovely restaurants and cafes in the town centre. Can you tell I am a foodie?
What can we change or develop further within Chesterfield’s town centre to help it thrive?
Developing a greater variety of evening entertainment, particularly for teenagers and younger adults would help establish the town as a go to location.
How does working in Chesterfield differ from where you’ve worked before?
It’s all about the people. I get to work with so many friendly and helpful people, that always have the time for you.
What advice would you give to someone establishing a business/beginning work in Chesterfield?
Get out into the town on lunch and on an evening, take a look around the market and move closer… we live so very close to the beautiful Peak District.