What was your first job?
I started working at 14 as washer-upper up at VC Jones (a fish-and-chip shop in Whitstable). Really good family run business and definitely recommended if anyone finds themselves in that part of the world!
Who's influenced your career most (and why)?
I’m genuinely not saying this under duress- but it has to be my Director Helen for having an unparalleled passion and skill for HR. Helen is committed to developing people if they are willing to learn and work hard, and I’ve picked up so much over my time here.
What's the skill you'd most like to have?
I’d love to be able to speak a foreign language fluently- I have the utmost respect for anyone who has taken the time and patience to do so.
What's on your desk?
I’m a bit of a tidy-freak, so my desk is (boringly) full of normal desk things (phone, calculator etc…). As the team will testify though, I have a strong bond with my tea mug (purchased by Karen for my birthday some years ago) so that would be my most treasured item.
What's your favourite holiday destination?
So many to choose from! I’d say Thailand if only for the wonderful people, culture, climate, and great mix between relaxation and fast-paced life.
What are you passionate about?
I am a self-confessed HR geek, so can I say people?
What's your favourite quote or motto?
“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. I believe strongly in enjoying your short time here and that quote sums it up rather nicely.
What's the best quality in a leader?
Humility. The ability to demonstrate that you are not above everything and are willing to listen no matter what position you’re in is incredibly important.
If you had to eat one thing every day, what would it be?
Roast dinner. Classic way to end a week, or start a week, or anytime really!
What's your all-time favourite book (and why)?
Sarah got me into Ken Follett last year, so it has to be Pillars of the Earth (originally published in the late 80s). Great historical fiction that brings the middle ages to life through fantastic storytelling and deep characters.
What's the thing you hate the most?
I don’t actually hate that many things, but if I had to choose, it would have to be passive-aggression. I’d always much rather prefer that people be straight with each other, as despite how difficult it may be, it is always better in the long run.
What did you want to be as a child?
I wanted to be a police officer- I originally studied Criminology at University so that I could join the Kent Police as fast-track, but somehow ended up living in London permanently with a career in HR (an obvious alternative of course).
What can't you live without?
Food and friends (usually both together).
What's the best thing about your job?
Can I say two things? Firstly, working with a really fun, clever, and hard-working team. Secondly, our clients (some of whom have been loyal to us over many years). They continue to support what we do and present us with challenges that we love to help out with.