What are your hobbies and interests outside the office? I was born and grew up in Penrith, Cumbria and most of my family still live there so pretty much every other weekend I’m driving up and down the A1 and A66 to spend time with them, including my 5 year old nephew and dinosaur enthusiast, Kai.

Can you give us a brief history of your career to date? I had a few different jobs in my late teens/early 20s including working for Ticketmaster, Newcastle Building Society and BP. In 2006, I started working at StepChange Debt Charity as a customer service adviser and ended up staying there for over 12 years. After a couple of years on the front line I moved into the HR team, did my PG Dip in HR Management and then moved into the internal recruitment team in 2014, where I stayed until I left to join Tenet in May 2018. Why did you choose to work at Tenet? The core values. I saw posters displaying them on the walls when I came in to interview and the discussion I had with Amanda Ford, Head of Central Recruitment was based on these. It was refreshing to meet an interviewer who was genuinely interested in me as a person. I thought if these values translate into the day to day reality of being at Tenet, it will be a great place to work.

If you could trade places with anyone for the day who would it be and why? Probably my whining little cat Midge. She sleeps all day, wakes up at 5.30pm just in time to be fed and fussed over and then either goes out all night or goes back to bed again. I’m not really a cat person. I’d prefer a dog, but she’s what I’ve got and I’m stuck with her.

Finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself… I used to work occasionally as a TV extra in the

How did you get into recruitment? After completing my HR diploma, I had to make a decision on whether I wanted to be a hirer or a firer. I decided hiring was more fun.

late 90s and can be seen lurking in the background of episodes of ‘The Lakes’ and ‘Hetty Wainthrop Investigates’ amongst others.

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