Employee Interview - Nikki Cordell

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This week we start the first of a series of blog posts featuring our greatest asset ... our employees! We hope you enjoy reading this small insight into our work, our passions and our inspirations.

First off the post is Nikki Cordell

What is your role at Cordell Health?

I am the managing director and consultant occupational physician responsible for delivering specialist case management services to our direct HR clients and more technical contracts.

How did you come to start the business?

After working as a contractor and experiencing a number of different occupational health models, I wanted to look at delivering occupational health differently. My husband had similar feelings and we started up Cordell Health. We are a social enterprise and our aim is to raise awareness of disability in the workplace, as well as deliver evidence-based occupational health services that can be integrated into an organisation’s people strategy whenever possible.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I love the variety and the impact you can have both on businesses and individuals to help them understand their capabilities and realise their potential, even when they have a significant health problem.

Can you think of 3 words to describe Cordell Health?

For our clients - innovative.

For their employees  - compassionate.

For our staff - inclusive.

What do you like to do outside work?

I love to spend time outdoors! Whether it be enjoying the countryside, walking next to the canal near our home in Wiltshire or skiing in the Haute Savoie. 

Tell us about who you would most like to meet (dead or alive)?

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Oh, definitely the Dali Lama.  No matter what challenges I am facing I have always found inspiration in his writings and perspective on the world.

What does true leadership mean to you?

Inspiring and enabling others to reach their potential.

What advice would you give someone wanting to pursue a career in Occupational Health?

Being an Occupational Health professional gives you the potential to make an enormous difference to businesses and their people. In order to be successful, you need to have a good understanding of all the different aspects of the workplace. My advice to someone considering a career would be to find an employer or training organisation, that provides you with many opportunities to learn in as many different situations and businesses as possible.

What 3 things would you take to a desert island with you?

A radio to keep in touch with events in the world. Writing implements to allow me to write the novel that I have always wanted to write and a fine bottle of wine to savour at sunset.

What’s on your wish list for Cordell Health in the next 10 years?  

To develop even more innovative ways to help businesses look after the health and wellbeing of their employees and to deliver a social message which changes the cultural norm of businesses and enables them to value their biggest asset – their people!