Project "Who are we at InnoVentum?"

InnoVentum Team at IKEA Hubhult (visit organised by Jacky)

Let me introduce to you a series of interviews with the InnoVentum Team members called "Who are we at InnoVentum?" I would like to give you a better idea of the professionals that make us GREAT, since most of us stay behind the scenes. We shall talk both about the role of each individual in the InnoVentum team and about our personalities, interests and dispositions.

Today the spotlight is on Jacky Parkhouse – the person of many talents and responsibilities: she supports our CEO Sigvald Harryson and manages all organisational matters at the office, keeping an attentive eye on the financial side of InnoVentum and managing relations with the accounting and auditing firms, making sure that everything at the office is in perfect order and everyone on the team is well-informed and prepared to face new challenges.

Below you will find my interview with Jacky.

Original expressions and punctuation of the authors is preserved.

Introduction: Jacky Parkhouse

Ala Kazlova (AK): Tell us a little bit about yourself – what is your background, family history, education, travels, interests in life – please make a small introduction.


Jacky Parkhouse (JP): Born in UK in the late 70’s, my family moved to Nairobi, Kenya in the early 80’s. Back in those days Nairobi was called ‘The Green City in the Sun’, and it really was. To get to school we drove past Nairobi National Park, often seeing plains game or even Rhino from the school bus!

Being out in nature was a huge part of my childhood, weekends and holidays were usually spent camping in one of Kenya’s amazing national parks. This fostered a love of animals and nature, and growing up in Kenya I was all too aware of the fragility of our natural world. Thus, I went on to Liverpool, John Moores University to study BSc Countryside Management.

Having itchy feet, after graduation I went to London to work for a couple of years in order to save up for a year of travelling around Australia. Again, in Australia there is a huge emphasis on being environmentally aware especially when it comes to water resources.

Eventually my travels brought me to Sweden and in 2006 I moved here permanently. I’m married to a fellow Brit and we have 2 children.

Family Parkhouse in London

Working at InnoVentum

Jacky at InnoCarnival 2014 in Malmö

AK: When did you join InnoVentum?

JP: I joined IV in March 2012 as the 4th employee!


AK: Why did you decide to join InnoVentum?

JP: As I have always been interested in the environment and sustainability, InnoVentum was the perfect company for me to join - the most environmentally friendly renewable energy solution provider!


AK: What is it that you like about your job at InnoVentum?

JP: I really enjoy being part of a small team that makes a difference. We work innovatively and everything I do as an individual at work really matters. I have had the chance to create working systems from scratch that bring structure to our way of working. I also love the freedom we have.

AK: What would you like to improve in the future?

JP: I’d like to keep improving the financial systems that we have along with CRM system to make one integrated system that assists in efficiencies in the way we work.


AK: A couple of words about the team at InnoVentum - please share your thoughts.

JP: We’re a ‘can-do’ team! When I think back to our achievements over the last 4 years that I have been with InnoVentum, I’m super impressed – the team have managed to pull off installations and events, often with little budget, time and resources, but due to our highly dedicated and motivated team we manage to do it!


AK: What are your top 3 biggest achievements at InnoVentum?

JP: 1) GCT [Green Cities of Tomorrow - AK] in May 2015 – definitely a big achievement 2) Bringing structure to our finances 3) Getting some team building going!

InnoVentum Team at the Green Cities of Tomorrow

Proust Questionnaire

AK: Now we’ve learnt about your role at InnoVentum, it is time to reveal some aspects of your personality (in a playful light-hearted way, of course)! Please answer some questions of the Proust Questionnaire:

(The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlour game popularised (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.)


AK: 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

JP: The feeling of being totally content and peaceful – usually achieved when my little family heads off to the sea for a swim – somehow we all find peace and happiness when in the water!


AK: 2. What is your greatest fear?

JP: Something happening to one of my family


Giraffes at the lake Naivasha

AK: 3. Which living person do you most admire?

JP: I admire lots of people – in terms of business people I really admire Richard Branson, in terms of sports people I admire Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Chris Froome, in terms of conservationists I admire Dame Daphne Sheldrick and Jane Goodall.


AK: 4. What is your greatest extravagance?

JP: I’m not very extravagant, but I have been on a couple of weekends away (to London and Paris) with my friends (without husband or children) and this has felt quite extravagant!


AK: 5. When and where were you happiest?

JP: Sitting in the sun on the shores of Lake Naivasha surrounded by my family watching Giraffes stroll on by.

AK: 6. Which talent would you most like to have?

JP: Serena William’s tennis abilities!


AK: 7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

JP: To be more of a morning person!


AK: 8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

JP: In 2005, I did a 350km cycle race from Aarhus to Copenhagen – it took 18 hours in total with rest stops. I doubt I’ll ever do anything like that again!!

Serena Williams at Wimbledon
Gerald Durrell

AK: 9. What is your favourite occupation?

JP: Author or Conservationist, so probably a Conservationist author!


AK: 10. What is your most marked characteristic?

JP: I’m quite tall!


AK: 11. What do you most value in your friends?

JP: A genuine character and good humour.


AK: 12. Who are your favourite writers?

JP: Roald Dahl, Gerald Durrell, Elspeth Huxley, J.K. Rowling

AK: 13. Who is your hero of fiction?

JP: Harry Potter!


AK: 14. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

JP: Gandhi – change through peaceful behaviour – strikes a chord!


AK: 15. Who are your heroes in real life?

JP: Andy Murray – survived Dunblane then went on to win Wimbledon!

Dame Daphne Sheldrick – an amazing conservationist

Jane Goodall – another wonderful conservationist and environmentalist.


AK: 16. What is your motto?

JP: Kindness is like a boomerang, what you give you get back!


AK: Excellent! Thank you very much Jacky

Mahatma Gandhi