What do you do at MRG?
My role with MRG is to lead and manage the Interim & freelance platform as well as building the wider international executive search practice from our London HQ.
The Interim and Freelance business works alongside and complements MRG's current expertise within the public and private sector, with multidisciplinary support across building surveying, project management, asset management, property management, Hard & Soft FM and corporate functions.
The International practice, currently spanning Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia, is a joint venture between MRG UK and MRG PA to broaden our scope in order to attract the worlds' top talent for our international construction, development and property clients. Our current international mandates include giga-projects and master-planned community development as well as large scale infrastructure delivery in the MENA region.
What are you most proud about that you have achieved in your career to date?
Having originally begun my recruitment career in Western Canada, I relocated back to the UK in 2017. I’ve always been proud of my ability to adapt to new markets and quickly learn how to recruit into new specialisms, markets and geographies.
How did you get into Real Estate Recruitment and why?
It wasn’t intentional! I spent my first 9 months in this industry recruiting Senior Human Resources roles, before a colleague running the Property business went on maternity leave and I was given the chance to take over that desk. The rest is history!
What energizes you about working in the sectors you do?
I think individuals working in property, real estate and construction are fascinating! I find that a vast majority of candidates I speak to have interesting careers, diverse back-stories and outgoing, amiable personalities. When you spend so much of your time interviewing and meeting candidates, it may as well be with people that you get on with and that you find interesting.
What is the biggest difference between working within the Public and Private sectors?
I think the easiest way to describe the difference would be commerciality versus process. Our private sector clients are focused on outputs and results. Our public sector clients (on the whole), tend to focus on following a process, delivering a service. These differing emphases feed into the skills and competencies that the public and private sector tend to recruit.
What do you think the biggest misconception people have about you is?
Probably that I still have short hair. The picture on the website is pretty old…
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I used to play in an Ice Hockey team back in Canada.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own”
What three words would your colleagues use to describe you?
Versatile, optimistic and thoughtful.
And finally who would play you in the movie about your life?