Blog 23 Jun 2022 

Meet the Team: Abby Burr, Learning and Development Business Partner

Our Meet the Team blog series celebrates our incredible people from across CPI.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Chief People Officer

The latest blog of our Meet the Team series features Abby Burr. Abby loves the opportunities to learn that CPI affords her and has developed such a passion for learning that she’s now undertaking her Level 7 qualification in Coaching. Find out more about what brought Abby to a career at CPI below. 

What do you do at CPI?

I’m a Learning and Development Business Partner within the HR team. I work closely with other teams across the organisation to support them with tasks such as team communication, development plans, training and apprenticeships.

What did you do before joining CPI?

I studied for a degree in Textiles and Surface Design at the University of Sunderland before moving on to do a postgraduate degree in Education. I then worked in secondary education, teaching engineering and food technology for 5 years.

Why did you join CPI?

I had an enforced career break due to major surgery and the subsequent recovery. After this period, I decided that I needed a career change. My teaching background in STEM had given me lots of opportunities to engage with industry so I knew CPI and could definitely see myself working there! 

I reached out to my networks and was invited to interview for a role in CPI’s data team. I then moved into learning and development, which seems a natural fit after so many years in education!

What do you like about working at CPI?

Working at CPI is so incredibly varied; every day is a school day! The people and the culture at CPI have been instrumental in helping me to feel comfortable in a work environment, which was so important after my operation.

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