Spotlight on…Elodie Preston

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Get to know Elodie, our CAD Technician and Technical Support at Savista

What is your role at Savista?

I am part of the interior design team and my role is CAD Technician / Technical Support. I aid the team with any technical drawings that they need for all projects across the board, such as plans for our newest homes for Hallmark Care Homes, our sister company.  

Why did you choose to join Savista and how long have you worked here?

I joined Savista just over a month ago. My previous experience as an Interior Designer was within the retail industry which was affected by the current pandemic. However, the change of current led me to discover new avenues. Sometimes, things happen in life for a reason.

I worked as a Carer for a month and this experience helped me realise that I wanted to transfer my design skills into the care industry. I chose to join Savista because I strongly believe in their core values and their design ethos that is person-centred. Working for a company that provides comfort and outstanding environments for our senior generations is extremely rewarding.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day for me is catching up with the team, understanding who and which site needs support. My role varies from one day to the next and I enjoy the different aspects of my job. I could start the day setting up flooring plans and finish the day detailing bespoke joinery.

What do you love about your job?

I love that there is care in everything that we do as a team, as a company and as an industry. It is very rewarding to feel part of the big picture that contributes to taking care of our senior generations.

What has been your most proud moment at Savista so far?

In the short time that I’ve been with Savista, I have felt proud contributing to the set-up of the Santhem Residences Shenfield marketing suite, where I was able to draw from a past experience as a Display Assistant to make the suites look appealing. 

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I am fascinated by photography. It’s a skill that I have developed on the side for the past 10 years, with a particular interest in portraiture. I love looking for the candid emotions that reveal a personality and preserving memories forever, that only last seconds.

In relation to my role today and having worked with residents living with dementia, it has become more apparent to me how important photographs are for people to aid them in remembering and re-telling them their story so they can reconnect with themselves in moments when memory leaves them. Together, design and photography contribute to my creative journey both professionally and personally. Also, my fiancé and I have recently welcomed a 12-week-old playful puppy called Renée and she definitely keeps us on our toes!