Talking Shop

Talking Shop

Paul Denham

What was your biggest career break?

Oddly my biggest career break was when I took a break in my career. In my mid-thirties I went travelling for a couple of years, saw some amazing things, met some incredible people and took time to reflect on what was important to me in life, love and career. Not recommended for everyone, but it worked for me!

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

Not sure if I was told this or simply have always believed it……. ”Listen to your head, but follow your heart.”

What’s your top interview tip?

Make sure you have some time before you walk in to focus on the meeting and be clear about your objectives. What is the headline message you want to deliver, what are the three main ‘proofs’ and three main skills from your CV that underpin your suitability for the role. Breathe deeply and stand tall!

What skills do you look for in new recruits?

It’s not rocket science, the right experience should be a given, but enthusiasm, character and potential are priceless.

What’s your favourite wardrobe item?

I have an old Timberland shoulder bag which I bought in Boston about twenty years ago. It has seen the world, sat in board rooms, held nappies, and done service as a laptop case. It is undoubtedly on its last legs, but as it has earned the title ‘old friend’ it will hard to say goodbye when the time comes.

When I’m not working I like to…..

Travel. One of the best sources of education, inspiration and relaxation I know. Also, and it’s a cliche I know, spending time with my wife and children brings me immense joy. Cooking and sharing a glass of wine with Emma, or walking on the beach with her and our children India, Eliza and Charlie. Life doesn’t get any better.