I was never much of an academic and was 23 when I started to look for a career. I went to a recruitment agency called HMS and instead of trying to place me, they hired me! Recruitment has proven to be enormous fun and a profession I hugely enjoy. In my view it is the most challenging complex three dimensional 'sales consultancy' role that you can do. From the outside it looks easy but when your 'products' are people you soon discover that you are involved in a sector where logic can yield to emotion and 'gut feel' can triumph over skills and competencies. Nothing is guaranteed. I am lucky because I find people and organisations equally interesting.
I established Phee Farrer Jones, now Aspire, in 1992 and have been lucky to surround myself with talented people that have enabled the business to be successful for a sustained period of time. My role at Aspire is to create and develop a clear vision that we can all aspire towards. My role is high in touch and visibility so I spend a lot of time with clients, candidates and our own people.
Outside of work I am married with 3 children, love sport and major events and am passionate about promoting community based conservation in Africa.