Tell us a little bit about yourself – Your work background, your interests…
In August of this year I will have worked for Wiltshire Council for over ten years. My career started in Passenger Transport as a Education Transport Support and Training coordinator which among other things involved liaising with Human Resources on a daily basis to get passenger assistants cleared for work. This sparked an interest in HR particularly the recruitment team, so when an opportunity arose to join recruitment I didn’t hesitate in applying. Eight and a half years later I am still in recruitment and have worked my way up through the ranks to my current be it temporary role of Recruitment Team Leader.
Recruitment is a lot more than just advertising a role and clearing them to start work, it’s also about candidates finding more about us as an organisation and considering whether is somewhere they would like to work – an employer of choice! That’s why I love it; every day presents a new challenge and we are continually looking at ways on how we improve the experience for our internal and external customers, you have to be driven by results, a self-starter and invested in success.
Due to our flexible working arrangements I am fortunate that alongside my full time role I am able to make time to study a CIPD qualification in HR Management which is proving to be very inspiring and underpins my knowledge I have gained in working in HR.
Outside of work is just as busy with two young children, a husband and my own business to run – specialising in bridal make-up which means I am out most Saturday mornings making brides to be look extra special for their big day!
When I do get some free time I generally spend it planning our next annual European road trip with an average of 4000 miles covered in three weeks we get to see some beautiful sights and provide our children with a short but worldly education they will never learn at school alone.
Other interests include; interior design, crafts, snorkeling, fish keeping and pampering my two crazy Bengals.
What’s the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council?
The best things about working for Wiltshire Council is working somewhere that embraces change, takes the opinions of its staff seriously through its staff survey and staff forums and has a meaningful business plan. And of course my great team, flexible working and the fact I live just a 15 minute cycle ride away all also help!
What couldn’t you live without?
Besides the obvious as sad as it sounds I just couldn’t imagine life without the internet – I still remember the very first time I logged on and whilst patiently sitting there waiting for it to dial up I never imagined for one minute it would revolutionise the world!
What’s the most unusual thing you have ever eaten?
In Johannesburg at the age of 20 I reluctantly ate shark meat and crocodile I can’t even remember what either tasted like but I do know I wouldn’t eat them again and the sheer thought of it makes me shudder!
What makes you have a good day at work?
Simply when teams work together!