Ri5 Profile: Dom Harvey

Ri5 Profile: Dom Harvey


With 16 years at CWJobs.co.uk, Dom started as a sales exec and has risen to the rank of commercial director. Ri5 is delighted to finally profile him.

How did you first get into the industry? 

I started as a Sales Executive in Haymarket working on Marketing and PRWeek, a great sales training ethic at Haymarket. Then I was an IT Rec Con for six years. Very hard work but some invaluable lessons learnt. I joined CWJobs nearly 16 years ago and have been here ever since!

Would you do the same again? 


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

Motorcycle tour guide in South America or India… pure fantasy.

Who are your favourite people from the industry? 

James Swift, Amy Boswell, Dave Brooks, Mark Anscombe, Finn Lynch, Sarah Morton, John Beaver, Tom Mason – funny, smart and decent.

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

Be yourself. Bending yourself out of shape for a career/industry will cost your mental health in the long run and you’ll get found out anyway.

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

Be prepared for a lot of hard work and support your colleagues. Help can come from the unlikeliest of places so long as the goodwill is there.

What’s your favourite recruitment ad? 

Any advert that plays with preconceptions and turns them on their head – gets people thinking and can find suitable candidates from new areas.

And what’s your favourite non-recruitment ad? 

The PG Tips Chimpanzee adverts. Always makes me laugh. 

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

I’m a man of simple tastes – something like Gaucho. Steak, wine and good company.

What are you reading at the moment? 

PG Wodehouse – Code of the Woosters – still laugh out loud funny the third time. I’ve also really enjoyed Michelle Paver’s last two books.

And what are you listening to? 

Sigur Ros, Max Richter, Gino Paoli, Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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

Valentino Rossi, Alexander the Great, Lance Armstrong, Tim Moore, Bob Mortimer.

What are your top three films? 

Withnail and I, Bladerunner and The Mission.

Something or someone for Room 101? 

Donald. John. Trump. In fact, you can lob in Farage and Putin too. Putin would need some lackeys.

What items do you never leave home without? 

My backpack which contains everything I need.

What’s your biggest achievement – career or otherwise? 

Bringing up a family.

Who’s your biggest hero, and why? 

At the moment, Peter Sagan – A cavalier cyclist who cares as much about how he wins as the winning. A rare professional sportsman with personality in this day and age.

What is your ideal holiday? 

Returning to the Costa Brava near Girona where I worked in 1988-1991. Beach, mountains, tranquillity. Not in August though…

What would be your ideal weekend? 

A Saturday with the wife and kids, a lavish evening meal and Sunday cycling in the sunshine with a couple of friends.

Three words to describe yourself? 

Dependable, competitive, fair.

Your best and worst habits? 

Best is I am a man of my word; worst is I can be passionately opinionated about quite unimportant stuff.

What’s your guilty pleasure? 

Mayonnaise with shepherd’s pie.

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

Washing up at a restaurant as a 16 year old.

What single fact would surprise people the most about you? 

I’m a distant relative of Danny La Rue!

Thanks Dom. 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


Thursday, 10 January 2019

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