Ri5 Profile: Cathy Hyde

Ri5 Profile: Cathy Hyde


Cathy has recently teamed up with Claire Herriott at White Label. You’ll know she’s trying to impress if you sit across a table at La Chapelle, just hope that she’s not cooked the food ...

How did you first get into the industry?

When I graduated, my friend’s mum was working at Scott Edgar and suggested that I apply for a role there. That’s where it all began…

Would you do the same again?

Absolutely – it seems to be going okay so far!

What would you do if you didn’t do this?

I’ve always thought that I’d make a good Detective.

Who are your favourite people from the industry?

My ‘talent warriors’ from a certain era at Bernard Hodes deserve a special shout out. And I have to say Claire Herriott, otherwise I wouldn’t be working with her again at White Label.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career?

Your gut instinct is usually correct.

And what piece of advice would you give somebody starting out in the sector?

Ask lots of questions and look after your clients.

What’s your favourite recruitment ad?

The Hertfordshire Constabulary work back in the 2000’s will always stand out for me.

You’re entertaining industry contacts. Where do you take them, and why?

If I want to impress then La Chapelle has impressive food in stunning surroundings.

What are you reading at the moment?

I do like a good Thriller. I’m about to begin ‘The Couple Next Door’ by Shari Lapena.

And what are you listening to?

I’ve always been an Oasis fan and I’m enjoying the most recent releases from both brothers. I also like to sing along to cheesy pop.

Which five guests would you invite to your ideal dinner party?

Christian Slater; Chris Evans; My Grandma (if she were still with us); Madonna; Dawn French (in character as the Vicar, Geraldine Granger).

What are your top three films?

I’m terrible with films – I’m not one for retaining facts about them….names/actors/plot line. That’s why I should never be on a pub quiz team. I tend to return to my teen favourites such as Lost Boys and Goonies. My love of Christian Slater also began with Heathers and I walked down the aisle to ‘You’re so cool’ from True Romance.

Something or someone for Room 101?

Self-service check outs.

What items do you never leave home without?

My phone as I feel naked without it and some form of money.

What’s your biggest achievement – career or otherwise?

Top of the list has to be the birth of my two daughters. I’m really happy that I have the opportunity to combine having a great career with being a mum.

Who’s your biggest hero, and why?

My Grandma. She showed me that you can be strong and independent but still proud to be female.  I’m inspired most by everyday events where people achieve amazing things or put themselves forward to make changes in society.

What is your ideal holiday?

Sun and relaxation with a little luxury and lots of laughing.

Three words to describe yourself?

Upbeat, calm, genuine.

Your best and worst habits?

I’m great at looking for the positive in situations.
I’m terrible at keeping in contact with people outside of work.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

The Vicar of Dibley

What has been your worst/most boring job you’ve ever had?

My worst was cleaning in a pub at weekends including the toilets. My work experience at school was pretty boring….manually processing cheques at my local bank.

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?

I’m absolutely rubbish in the kitchen – I can’t stand cooking!


Thanks Cathy. If you would like to nominate someone for an Ri5 Profile, or participate yourself, please contact the Ri5 Editorial team at editorial@ri5.co.uk

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

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