Tell us a little about you
I live in Washington ( the original one! ) in the North East of England with my husband, son, stepdaughter, and our new addition to the family, our puppy Bobby!
My main passions in life are animals, my family, charity support, and the outdoors. We spend most weekends out hiking in Northumberland, where its great to be away from the hustle and bustle and phone signal.
Where did your career start and how did it evolve to where you are now?
My career started back at the age of 15yrs old when I volunteered and then later worked at an RSPCA rescue centre and boarding kennels before joining an agricultural college to start my Btec in Animal care a year later. During my work placement at a local vet practice for this course, I was offered the position of an animal care assistant within the practice and jumped at the opportunity, knowing how rare these roles were to come by.
I truly believe this role was one of the best learning experiences I’ve had to date. I think few have experienced a no computer system and non-appointment based practice that does it’s own out of hours. The hours were long but each day was different – with a waiting room having an average of 35 clients in the waiting room it certainly kept you on your toes.
After 9 years with this practice, my boss sold up and I decided to move on to another practice in the city of Durham where the learning continued. After a total of 14 years in practice, I felt like I needed a new challenge, so when I was approached about applying for a position with Pfizer Animal health ( Now Zoetis ) it seemed like the right time to make a move.
I joined PAH in July 2010 as an Account Manager for North East England – I loved the fact that I continued working in the veterinary industry and even though the role was sales primarily it had a huge amount of technical and clinical promotion alongside. It was a completely new world for me involving lots of exciting blockbuster and novel product launches as well as constant training to be the best possible me! Building relationships with the vet practices and veterinary professionals on my territory only strengthened my passion for the animal health industry.
Unfortunately due to company restructure I found myself looking for a new position in 2017 and contacted Noble futures to help me. I had a chat with Tony and interviewed for a position as a Recruitment Consultant – the rest as they say is history!
What do you enjoy about recruitment?
Finding the solution! I love working with people and find it hugely rewarding when I find the perfect candidate for a hiring manager and also the perfect role for the candidates.
The fact that I’m doing all of that still in the animal health and veterinary arena is a huge bonus for me
What do you enjoy about working in the animal-related industries?
Everything! I’m passionate about everything veterinary and animal health and love the fact that this sector is where I get to work every day.
What do you look for in a candidate?
Drive, enthusiasm, and personality. Having experience in the role is great but that’s not always what makes a candidate successful.
Honesty is always key too – I can’t help if I don’t have the full picture
What is the one thing you think every CV should have?
Personality is always something that stands out on a CV. So hobbies and interests are always something I scroll down to read
What is your top career advice?
Look for a role that will make you happy and be the best version of yourself. Lifes too short to be unhappy in your work-life!