Ri5 Profile: Colin Minto

Ri5 Profile: Colin Minto


Colin is the Head of Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand Centre of Excellence at Marriott International. He was nominated by Andrew Wilkinson of TMP to be the subject of the Ri5 profile.

How did you first get into the industry?

I was in a marketing role at Securicor and wanted to get into sales. I applied internally for a role in another division via Securicor Recruitment Services, who suggested I should work for them after my initial interview. In days I was looking after sales for two branches with my first company car and mobile phone.

Would you do the same again?

I have! I don’t have a defined plan in business I simply engineer and take opportunities in front of me that look challenging, fun and rewarding. It’s paid off because my experience in resourcing terms has been from every direction at every level, which means I seem to fit in any recruitment related role and environment. As an example, my current role at Marriott presented itself and it looked fascinating and exciting, so I completely changed direction because I wanted the unique challenge it represented. I’m now building an amazing new team, so any European Recruitment Marketing Managers out there, get in touch 😊

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

Tough one to answer but going back to when I did have a semblance of a plan, it would be something to do with planes. Flying them, fixing them, operating them or even guiding them at Air Traffic Control; something along those lines.

Who are your favourite people from the industry?

There have been some notable individuals that have either supported me, developed me, or just never let me down. I am still in regular touch with many from the very first time I met them, including; Stuart Mockford, Dan McGuire, Paul Finch, Jenni Myles, Porteur Keene, Paul McNamara, Bev White, Simon Ward, Dan Kirkland, Dave Jenkins, Geraldine Cole, Raj Tulsiani, Baroness Royall, Poppy Jaman. And I would like to specially mention Andy Hanscomb, who sadly passed away too soon. An amazing professional and human.

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

Got to be one from Andy Hanscomb when he told me to manage the 30 second conversations you are not involved in. He went on to tell me that if someone works hard, delivers what and when they agree to, and conducts themselves impeccably, they will get praised and spoken about in other people’s conversations, thus building personal brand and creating opportunity.

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

Treat everyone how you would like to be treated yourself.

What’s your favourite recruitment ad?

It’s sad that I can’t think of a recruitment advert that I would class as my favourite. However, there is a recruitment related advert that springs to mind by LG.

It’s the one where they install an LG TV in the wall to look like a window overlooking the City they are in, and then hold interviews in front of it. The interviewer has his back to it and the interviewees are facing it.

The media streamed through the TV starts as a view over the city but as the interview progresses a large comet crashed to earth and the resulting explosion and destruction thunders towards the building they are in.

I really feel for the interviewees because the exercise aims to show the quality of the picture, and it works. I also expect it drove interest in careers at LG. Very clever.

And what’s your favourite non-recruitment ad?

The original Budweiser Wasssuuupppp ad. I recently showed it to my kids but Mummy wasn’t happy with the relentless renditions in every pitch and tone for the rest of the car journey.

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

Somewhere warm and quiet so everyone gets the chance to chat, learn and enjoy themselves.

What are you reading at the moment?

HR Target Operating Model examples ahead of our HR Leadership Meeting.

And what are you listening to?

I listen to most things but am always drawn to happy house, chill-out house, rock and pop classics, ska and funk. I did sing along to Blue this morning, you know the one that goes “system up with the top down, got the city on lockdown…….”

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

Assuming my wife would be there, co-hosting, it would have to be Tom Cruise, Prince Harry, Jennifer Anniston, Robbie Williams and Usain Bolt.

Something or someone for Room 101?

UK Trains

What items do you never leave home without?

Mobile, wallet, glasses

What’s your biggest achievement – career or otherwise?

Providing for my amazing wife and children

Who’s your biggest hero, and why?

Gotta be Tom Cruise because he appears to be the nicest and most engaging person on the planet, and does most of his own stunts!

What is your ideal holiday?

Orlando then the beach with the family

What would be your ideal weekend?

Watch my kids play football on Saturday morning, the mighty Spurs with my boy on Saturday afternoon, then lovely meal out with my wife on Saturday night. Lay in Sunday morning, big walk with the dog and family sandwiched around a roast dinner in a Country pub, back for a family film on the TV, then cheese and biscuits for tea in front of the telly.

Three words to describe yourself?

Conscientious, fun, ambitious

Your best and worst habits?

I try to joke about things instinctively, and due to having OCD I have a few ticks

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Velvety red wine, soft and blue cheeses with crusty white, or French, bread

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

I worked a day at an egg farm as a 15-year-old and never returned. The treatment of the chickens was appalling, the smell was unbearable and the constant pecking on my wellies was torture.

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?

I spent 22 years of my life struggling with chronic OCD, from the age of 10 to 32, which destroyed my late childhood, teen and early adult life. Thankfully I eventually got on top of it and now see the journey and illness as situations that complete me and give me personal and business skills, qualities and capabilities. Every cloud and all that!


Thanks Colin, and thanks Andrew for nominating him.  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, 19 December 2018

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Dave Jenkins Date: Dec 21, 2018

Too kind Colin!