In this month’s instalment, we hear more from senior marketing executive, Kerry Byrne, who shares a humorous tale of a trip to Tenerife, why a career in marine biology sadly wasn’t to be, and the colleague that never fails to make her laugh out loud…
In a nutshell – working with my colleagues towards a clear goal.
For years, we’ve all shared the same vision of being a successful disruptor within the legal industry and having like-minded colleagues all contributing to that has created a really inspiring environment to work in.
Helping organisations with people issues and making life easier for them – from both an advisory and a technology point of view.
Hannah Thompson – our operations executive.
No matter how much work she has on her desk or how much pressure she’s under, she will always just get on with it and deliver what she needs to. It’s something I really admire in her.
She makes my working life a lot more fun too and there’s rarely a time when we’re together in the office that we’re not laughing our heads off.
This seems to be a common theme in our Q&A answers, but Russell Guest (sales director) really has given us some corkers over the years.
We have been lucky enough as a company to have been taken away on holiday for hitting various targets. One year, we went to Tenerife and after a jolly old night in the hotel bar we went back to the rooms for a bit of an after party – it’s safe to say that we weren’t quiet, and the guests upstairs decided to throw a fork down onto our balcony to make a point. Russell then proceeded to take said fork and try to identify the room it belonged to, in order to return it.
However, the layout of the hotel – plus the night’s activities up to this point – contributed towards Russell then getting lost and knocking on a complete stranger’s door instead at 3am. It will forever be one of my best nights and funniest memories with my esphr colleagues.
Having been acquired by Marlowe plc earlier in the year and, more recently, co-branded with our sister company WorkNest, we are now lucky enough to have the support of a variety of new colleagues and specialisms that – in my role particularly – I have benefitted from, both from a knowledge and a resource point of view.
This has meant my job has become much more collaborative and I have lots of exciting plans for future growth within esphr and across the businesses we’re now working with closely.
I always wanted to be a marine biologist when I was younger, I even took biology as an A-level only to be told very quickly that it wasn’t a great skill of mine and I should probably focus on my more creative subjects…
Otherwise, I think I would’ve/could’ve gone into an IT role – I’m pretty nifty with computers and did a bit of programming at university (plus I love all things data related) so something techy maybe.
Hopefully, where we always wanted the business to get to – a leading provider of employment law advice for mid-large businesses in the UK and ahead of its game in terms of software solutions for employers. A legacy our MD Pete Byrne will hopefully be even more proud of.
I used to be a dab hand at producing photo-realistic paintings – not something I have the patience for these days but something I can look back at and admire about myself.
Trying not to come up with a boring answer here, obviously I missed my family loads during the various lockdowns we’ve had so far but is it bad to say my parents’ dogs?
I don’t feel like a reason why needs much more justification other than the photo below.
Just a precursor, none of mine are particularly intellectual and are mainly film, music or TV based:
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Senior marketing executive, esphr