What was your biggest career break?
Taking the Job of General Merchandise Manager for Harrods back in 2005. I consulted widely with my contacts about whether I should take the job or not as it was clear at the time that Harrods had a distinct and unique culture. Everyone I spoketo was categorical in their opinion that this was not the company for me. I am glad I did not listen to them as the rest as they say is history and I had the best 8.5 years of my life working there.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
Manage your own career and don’t ever believe that others will do it for you.
What’s your top interview tip?
Do your research beforehand and find out everything you can about the company and the person interviewing you. The internet is such a great help in finding all kinds of information that 20 years ago would have been impossible to do – so use it!
What skills do you look for in new recruits?
Personality and company fit are the most important qualities I look for in a first interview. I take it for granted that candidates that are put in front of me posess the technical skills to do the job. What I am looking for is how they will do it, how they will fit into the wider team and work with others.
What’s your favourite wardrobe item?
A blue bespoke hand-made suit from The Cad & The Dandy of Saville Row. It cost a small fortune but there is nothing like the feeling of wearing something that has been made to fit you like a glove. It really does boost your confidence by an extra 10%.
When I’m not working I like to….. Cook!
Food is my passion. Having been a buyer practically all my working life I have been lucky enough to travel the world and experience different cuisines that many other people would never get the chance to. I am never happier than spending time at home cooking for myself and/ or others and yes it does always seem to taste better accompanied by a glass or two of wine!