Mini-Bio Issue 3
Senior Business Manager
I’ve been with Datesand since October 2008; joining the company to work with Nilgun as part of the field sales team. My role as Business Manager progressed to Senior Business Manager and I now head up the external sales function in the business. Officially my “patch” is Northern UK, Ireland and Rest of the World, but I occasionally foray into the South to support Nilgun and Ryan when necessary. My role has taken me to far flung places such as Hell (no really, it’s in Norway), Taiwan, Australia, Kuala Lumpur and the USA as well as all over the UK where I’ve learnt to use the local dialect to get the perfect cup of tea wherever I go.
I’ve been in the industry since 2002, when I joined B&K as PATS Manager (contract technician recruitment) and then Sales Manager until I left in 2007. I then joined Arrowmight as Sales Manager and was there for 15 months until the opportunity at Datesand came about – having pestered Jonathon at various events for years, it was a no brainer to make the move when the opportunity arose!
Having graduated from Manchester University with a BSc (Hons) in Geochemistry and no idea what I wanted to do, I started my working life at SRG recruiting scientists for companies such as AstraZeneca and GSK. I quickly worked out straight forward recruitment wasn’t for me but I stuck at it for just over 3 years until family connections to our industry threw up an interesting opportunity at B&K.
I grew up in Glasgow (where I was a fairly wayward teenager) with my mum and brother who both now live in Chorlton. Mike manages Jonathon’s bar Dulcimer these days and he and I like the odd pint together.
Just over a year ago, when heavily pregnant, we moved to Crosby near Liverpool where I now live with my husband Matt and 15 month old daughter Iona who take up most of my time these days. I help run a local playgroup on a Monday and am well known amongst the mums of Crosby as a bargain hunter and “fixer” (whatever that means?!). Matt and I enjoy eating out (when we can get a babysitter) and I try to get out running a bit to counteract the eating! Oh, and I very much like the odd G&T.