“Having spent four years studying to qualify as an accountant by the age of 22, my friends and family were shocked when I left Ford Motor Company (a job for life!) to pursue new opportunities. No one was surprised however when I chose a career that involved working with people, and ultimately, talking all day! An entrepreneur at a young age, selling picked fruit door to door, it was inevitable that after achieving directorship in the corporate world that I would eventually set up my own business. I am intrigued by business cultures and in particular the people strategy.
I believe passionately that I can make a vital contribution by finding the right HR professionals to support an organisation’s long-term objectives. My judgement, intuition and recruitment knowledge have never let me down and my reward is the excellent business relationships that I have established with many of the most respected companies in East Anglia.”
“Meeting a school friend after work in Oxford Street one evening in 1994, having just run an assessment centre for Cosmos Holidays’ overseas staff, led me to a lifelong career in commercial recruitment. I climbed the corporate ladder where my appetite for hard work, leading teams and performing in pressurised environments culminated in a Director role managing the East Anglia network of seven branches and c65 staff.
Having learnt the art of recruitment – and the fact that the quality and success of my people was ‘everything’ in my business – I have first-hand experience of the importance of making the right (and wrong) hiring decisions. This combination of recruitment expertise and operational management means I truly appreciate the pressures hiring managers and business leaders face. I can therefore employ my skills, judgement and ‘gut instinct’ to give honest, heartfelt advice.”
“I may not have a local accent, but I certainly know the local market! I’ve been working in the recruitment industry in East Anglia since 1999 having relocated from Australia where I had worked in executive search and retail.
At Waddington Brown I support a portfolio of clients and candidates. Part of my role is to also undertake research to support our business and our growth plans; so for example liaising with external suppliers to source appropriate tools that complement the way we work. Every day is different, and that’s what I really enjoy. I get a buzz from working with both clients and candidates to achieve the objective and I delight in building long term relationships, witnessing people develop and progress their careers.”
“Like most HR professionals, I didn’t plan a career in HR; I had always wanted to run a top class hotel! My path however went in another direction and, now I’m here, I love it. I decided to do my CIPD qualification after a couple of years working with the Co-operative Financial Services in their HR department. Since 2001, I have worked in various in-house recruitment positions for companies such as Littlewoods Shop Direct and Alexander Mann Solutions. Following relocation to East Anglia I was looking for a position where I could bring my in-house experience to a new environment. I love the fact that this role is centred around building relationships with both candidates and clients and really understanding what makes them both tick.”