My day -to-day is made up of a lot of meetings! Management, business execution and strategy take up the most of my time. The best part of my week is when I can take a few hours to do some ‘blue sky thinking’ about how to make my team more efficient and as high performing as possible.
How has your career developed at Kea?
I started out as a Researcher, before spending a couple of years as a Consultant. In 2019 I went back to my roots and became the Head of Research. My experience in both seats has helped me immeasurably in my current role – building confidence as a leader isn't easy, but knowing I have years of experience across the business has helped that journey.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I am lucky to spend most of my time within the team. I love the collegiate atmosphere we have; we work very hard, but there is a lot of humour and genuine affection across the whole business. I cry with laughter at least once a day!
I have many mistakes, but no regrets! I have learnt so much from the errors or poor judgement calls I have made, which inevitably makes me be a better professional. An imperfect track record has made me a better leader.
Like many in recruitment, I ‘fell’ into this role. A headhunter introduced me to the team, and I loved everyone I met in my interview. I took a bit of a risk, as I wasn’t sure on the career path at the time, but I am so happy I did! I absolutely love the role and I still feel very lucky to work with the team every day.
Kea employs lots of different people, with lots of different skillsets and talents. For me, what underpins us all is our curiosity and tenacity.
I think our values can be applied way beyond Kea, and I try to embody them in and outside of work. Ultimately, be good and open to the people around you, bring your A-game to things you are passionate about, and always bring good energy.
You need curiosity, tenacity and excellent communication skills. My passion for trashy TV has definitely helped to break the ice with new candidates and clients.