Steve Thompson has worked in HR for Camelot, the lottery operator, for the past seven years. He joined the company as a training and development manager in September 1994, three months before the National Lottery was launched. Now HR director, he describes his big break:
"I was thrown in at the deep end when I joined Camelot as a training and development manager, before the UK's National Lottery began. It was an incredibly busy time as the company had only recently been appointed as a lottery operator.
I was the 100th person to join the company, and during my first four months of working there, we increased the headcount to 450 people. I ran mass induction programmes for 60 to 70 staff daily.
Until this job, my background was in retail (he was previously training and development manager at Powerhouse Retail), so I learnt a lot in my first year about establishing an organisation's culture.
There was also huge interest in the lottery due to its novelty value, so I frequently gave external presentations. This was a real eye-opener for me, but it gave me confidence. I'm not sure that I would have had the same opportunities if I hadn't joined Camelot at the outset."