As Executive Network Group expands it’s vision of “Making Recruitment Better”, we are seeing a huge growth at Network House. Our newest Executive Academy cohort has seen our headcount rise past the 60 employees mark (64 to be exact!). To ensure that our new trainees are well-supported in their training, and all of our existing staff are continuously developed going forward, we have appointed a brand new Learning & Development Manager!

Please give a big welcome to Sally Cawthraw! Sally joins Executive Network Group with 10 years of recruitment experience that will certainly inspire our rising stars, and has recently turned her hand to Learning & Development, using her skills and knowledge to coach and inspire a new generation of recruiters.

We asked Sally to tell us a little bit more about herself so that you can get to know all about our newest addition to the ever-growing ENG team!

So, where have you come from?

I’ve worked in recruitment for around 10 years, with the bulk of my experience coming from Badenoch & Clark, a professional services recruitment business. I ran an IT NHS contract desk, worked myself up to be top biller and led a team of recruiters,

As part of the management team there, I was involved in running training courses for the group training programme. I found that I really enjoyed training and coaching people to reach their potential, contributing to business success and their own life goals, so I decided to focus purely on L&D within recruitment.

I came to ENG from a recruitment company called IDEX Consulting, where I was the L&D Manager responsible for conducting the recruitment campaign to hire a group of trainee recruitment consultants and then running their training academy.

What drew you to recruitment in the first place?

I think recruitment presents an amazing career opportunity. I liked that you get to run your own ‘business within a business’ in recruitment and that you get out what you put in. For me, I was always driven by providing the best possible service to my customers, ensuring that I really listened to, and understood, the career drivers for my candidates, and the business drivers for my clients, in order to make the right matches. Job hunting and finding talent isn’t easy, so it’s extremely rewarding as a recruiter to make a difference to peoples lives.

Recruitment requires such a wide range of skills and I love the buzz in the office and variety of personalities recruitment attracts. It can be a rollercoaster, but I can’t think of any other career where you can progress as quickly, get such great incentives for hard work, or earn life changing money.

Describe your personality in three words.

Positive, honest and conscientious.

One of ENG’s strongest values is inspiration. Who inspires you the most?

Tony Robbins. I am inspired by anyone who achieves success despite adversity or tough beginnings. I always feel motivated listening to his talks.

What would you do if you didn’t work in recruitment?

I am genuinely passionate about great businesses being down to having great people, so always see myself working somewhere in recruitment and talent. However, if I won the lottery, I’d love to own a microbrewery and tour festivals and pubs with my produce!

How do you spend your spare time?

My spare time is ultimately spent eating and drinking! I do enjoy cooking when I have time (with a glass of wine) and I live in a rural area so like a good country walk (usually to the pub). I do a bit of running to try and counteract my primary ‘hobbies’!

What are you most excited about working at Executive Network Group?

It feels like a great time to join, and a fantastic team! I am most excited about getting to know everyone and supporting the people side of the 2020 vision. I’ve been impressed by the start of the Academy too, so I’m also excited about 2016 being the best Academy yet! Watch this space….

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