Serge Merlin

Ingrid Simmons

HR Director
Teledyne Dalsa/e2v
Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Length of Service

2 years

Tell us a little about your current role and what you enjoy most about it?​

I am currently on an interim secondment as HR Director in Canada. I love my job because no two days are the same with different challenges being thrown up every day.

How have you maintained your mental and physical health and wellness during the pandemic?

During the first lockdown it was important to me to maintain both my physical and mental health so I took up running. I trained for 9 weeks using the couch to 5K app and within nine weeks I was able to complete running 5K inside 30 minutes. I have maintained this and now 5K run 2-3 times a week.

What's the most important part of Black History Month to you?

My Mum and Dad were part of the Windrush generation who left everything they knew behind in Antigua to embark on a journey into the unknown, arriving in the UK in the early 1960’s. They laid down roots and built a foundation for our family, despite the adversity they often faced.

What are you most proud of in your life - career, accomplishments, etc.?

I am incredibly proud of my parents for having the courage to step outside of their comfort zone. This has very much made me the person I am today. Because of them, I am resilient, determined, and strive for success in everything I do. ​​​​