Former pupil takes up new role at Rockfield Centre

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The Rockfield Centre has appointed its newest member of staff and she is a former pupil of the primary school.

Emily Firth is the centre’s new connections officer and will be in charge of bringing everyone together.

Emily, who spent many years working as a linguist in London, Spain and France, left Oban after leaving school to attend university. She went to Aberdeen, where she obtained a degree in European Studies.

Speaking about her new role, Emily, who speaks  both French and Spanish, said: ‘It’s really nice to come back and be part of bringing this forward. Like everyone else who knows this area, we have seen this building wasting away in the centre of town.

‘It was nice to see the trust take over. It’s very inspiring to see what is being done. I am really proud to be part of it. It’s going to offer new services and opportunities.

‘I used to work in London as a linguist, a very people-centred job. It’s nice to be doing something that is very people-focused but in the third sector.

‘While I am doing something very different, it uses the same skills I have used elsewhere, but it’s much more rewarding to do it in the third sector, rather than in big business.’

Emily returned to be closer to her family, who still live in the area. ‘I did not come back specifically to go to primary school again,’ she joked. ‘But it’s nice to come back to the place you are from.’