I began my early career in fashion at Harrods Department store, followed by a move into retail banking at HSBC where I stayed in their flagship branch until 2003. I decided to pack up and move abroad to the Canary Islands later that year and summer turned into over three years!
I joined Oakleaf Partnership in April 2007 on a temporary basis and soon joined permanently as London Office Manager. I was promoted in 2008 to become PA to the Founder & Joint CEO - Richard Colgan, while still maintaining all of my Office Manager duties.
I had a year out of the business whilst on maternity leave from June 2012 and returned to Oakleaf in May 2013 to take on a new part-time role as PSL & Project Coordinator. This was focused on dealing with all of our Tenders & Proposals for new business and reviewing our PSL & Business contracts and extensions as well as managing small client projects, RFI's and various candidate & client surveys. I took maternity leave with my second daughter in February 2016 and returned to the business in January 2017 continuing my previous role with a new title of Bid & Contracts Executive.
I love yoga, the theatre, live music and have a keen interest in food, health & nutrition.
I am passionate about giving back and in recent years have taken part in the London 10k (for Macmillan’s Cancer Fund), The Big Sleep Out (for Centrepoint- Young homeless persons charity) in 2017 and 2018 and the Moonlight Walk half marathon (for Breast Cancer charities) in 2018.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Oakleaf are a friendly group of professionals who take a personal interest in helping you to find the right work to match your skills and experience. I have found them to be very proactive when contacting me about potential roles, which has been really helpful as a HR professional just starting out looking for my first contract role. In addition to this I have received support with CV writing, which has been invaluable to enable me to correctly brand myself. I fully recommend Oakleaf as a recruitment agency.
Helen Harrower, Learning & Development Specialist