After growing up and schooling in London, I decided to broaden my horizons and move 248 miles away from home to study BSc Sociology & Criminology at Northumbria University in Newcastle. It was a decision that was to give me some of the most rewarding and challenging experiences that were to become the foundation to my career choices in the future.
Alongside my studies I volunteered as a support worker for female victims of domestic violence running the ‘Freedom Programme’ which examines the various roles played by abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim of which is to help victims identify abusive behaviour in the future. Often working one on one with victims, it was an incredible experience and one that opened my twenty-two-year-old eyes to a world beyond the university walls.
I left university in 2009 and on returning to London I secured a role working within the administration and finance team at Ingeus, a welfare to work provider specialising in offering training and employment opportunities to those on benefits to assist them to secure lasting employment.
After leaving Ingeus I was keen to work in a more hands on role in a smaller office. I wanted to better understand the inner workings of how a company is run and felt that I could achieve this by supporting someone at director level. Working as a PA to two directors and as an office manager at Project Associates taught me a great deal, from how to solve IT problems to arranging seminars abroad. The role allowed me to gain valuable financial experience – most importantly the meaning of budgeting! A skill which has not so easily been transferred with regards to my personal finances. My three years there confirmed to me that working in a fast paced support role was where I excelled.
When I first met the team at The Lighthouse Company, I knew this was a team I wanted to be a part of. Kathleen’s vision of bringing insightful headhunting, built on trust, candour, and authenticity runs through all that we do every day and to see a victorious partnership born from this makes all the work worthwhile.
As an account director at The Lighthouse Company my role is to oversee the account management of a search from the beginning to the end. The key part of the account director’s role is to build bespoke relationships with both the client and candidates. It is this personal touch that is an essential part of what we do and allows us to not only find the right candidate for a client’s business but also the perfect home for our candidates.