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Chief encounters: what makes Dorry McLaughlin of Viewpoint Housing Association tick?

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What makes Dorry McLaughlin of Viewpoint Housing Association tick?

What is the first thing you do when you arrive at work?

I give a loud “hello” to anyone who is in and make myself a cup of coffee.

What makes a good day at work?

Our vision is to create joy in later years and any action, no matter how big or small that achieves this, makes my day. Luckily for me our teams at Viewpoint pretty much do that every day!

How often do you socialise with colleagues outside the Christmas party?

Viewpoint is big on fun so we do things like graduation ceremonies for staff, summer BBQs and picnics in our car park, and the odd trip to the pub.

Dorry McLaughlin

I cannot imagine working outside the third sector or without the wonderful people who work in it

Dorry McLaughlin

What turns you into the office Victor Meldrew?

I don’t think I have many “I don’t believe it” days but if I do have one, it will be about bureaucracy as a result of regulation rather than a focus on outcomes for customers.

What was the last thing you did that scared you?

White water rafting during my last holiday in Turkey – okay, I’ll admit, it was hardly white water but it was still pretty fast!

What’s your favourite book?

A toss-up between L’Assommoir by Emile Zola or Riders by Jillie Cooper – I have an eclectic taste in books!

Would your 16-year-old self be impressed with where you are now?

I think she would but then she would be impressed with any woman who reached their full potential in whatever they chose to do.

If you were your boss would you like you?

I have had some inspirational leaders throughout my career who have taught me a great deal. I hope I have learned well from them and that I would like me as much as I liked and respected them.

Is Facebook your friend or your enemy?

My friend. It’s great for keeping in touch when friends and family are far away.

What’s your perfect weekend?

It has to be gardening and walking our three Labradors. But there’s also room for a good meal and a glass of wine.

Are animals as important as people?

Yes! They deserve our respect as much as people do.

Is the third sector a calling or an accident?

It started off as an accident but then it turned into a calling. I cannot imagine working outside the sector or without the wonderful people who work in it, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.

Is this a rung on the ladder to success or your final destination?

Who knows! There is so much still to do reduce the stigma around ageing and dementia, in particular. If I can lead that cause well then I will continue to do so.

Is world peace possible?

Yes – we have to have hope.

Which Brian Cox?

Scientist – anyone who can bring physics to life for me has my vote.