What is your role at Carbon?
My role is to ensure Carbon attracts the very best talent across all of its operations. This means finding excellent lawyers, who understand the centrality of their clients and are motivated to be recognised as true strategic partners, and the very best Hub members who ensure Carbon has all of the support structures it needs to be successful. Across the board, this means individuals who are entrepreneurial, creative, and unafraid of embracing change.
Tell us a bit about your career to date?
I've spent the last five and a bit years working in the Welsh Practice of a UK-leading executive search firm. During this time I was involved in the appointment of more than 100 of Wales' most senior leaders and had the privilege of working with many of our country's leading organisations.
Prior to that, I completed a Ph.D. in International Relations at Cardiff University.
What made you want to be part of Carbon?
Carbon People speak with a combination of passion and clarity about what they are doing. I recognise the powerful forces of change which are taking place across professional services and want to be part of driving that change, rather than pretending it isn't really happening. Their desire to understand what makes me tick was also completely unique, and totally refreshing - especially as too many organisations regard their staff as expendable commodities.
From a career point of view, I want to be part of creating something special. To be a driver of change rather than just responding to it or defined by it. Carbon has the potential to redefine a traditional and conservative marketplace, and success for me would be in five years time people to start to ask me, and the rest of us, "how did you all do that?".
I also wanted to move in-house in order to see from within the power and benefits of attracting great talent in order to grow the business. I have the strong sense that everyone involved with Carbon recognises the special opportunity they collectively have, which in turn is a powerful motivator to actually go out and achieve it.
Highlights to date?
Completing my Ph.D. is the most challenging thing I've ever done and remains a highlight. Also in my last role, I was directly involved in some very senior and important appointments, ranging from the Permanent Secretary of Welsh Government to the first-ever independent Board Members of the Welsh Rugby Union.
My six years as a Trustee of the United Nations Association of the UK is another highlight. It is such an excellent charity, which produces outstanding work despite significant funding challenges. As a Board, we worked extremely hard to lay the foundations to ensure the voice of the UN can be heard in the UK for many years to come.
What's on your bucket list?
A few things...
- I'd love to own a supercar or classic car
- Visit lots of countries, especially Japan
- Meet Valentino Rossi and Shane Warne
- Go to watch the Masters golf at Augusta
- Live in the country or by the sea
- Take the train from Berlin to Moscow