Ri5 Profile: Paul Naylor

Ri5 Profile: Paul Naylor


Head of Employer Sales at Prospects, Paul has a passion for graduate recruitment, sport, music and film. Not necessarily in that order...

How did you first get into the industry? 

I was working at Dixons Retail Group as a product manager and a similar role came up at Prospects. It gave me my first taste of graduate recruitment and I’m still thriving 16 years on.

Would you do the same again? 

Absolutely. I love that the connections we have with recruiters and employers are helping young people fulfil their potential after school or university.

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

I’m a massive sports enthusiast so a role in sports marketing. Most people dream of turning a hobby into a career, don’t they?

Who are your favourite people from the industry? 

Lucy Costa-Smith at Penna and David Brooks at TMP. They carry off the perfect mix of business and pleasure.

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

My dad once told me to work harder than anybody else.

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

Have passion. If you don’t have that, why do it?

What’s your favourite recruitment ad? 

The one that got me the job at Prospects.

And what’s your favourite non-recruitment ad? 

“The running of the horses” by Lloyds Bank.

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

It’s about them, not me, so where ever they want to go.

What are you reading at the moment?  

The Second World War by Antony Beevor.

And what are you listening to? 

Muddy Waters.

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

David Bowie, JFK, Clint Eastwood, Michael Caine and David Attenborough.

What are your top three films? 

Jaws, Get Carter and From Russia with Love.

Something or someone for Room 101? 

Unmanned roadworks on motorways. Mile upon mile of 50mph with no visible sign of work or worker causes unnecessary congestion, delays and rage.

What items do you never leave home without? 

My phone and watch.

What’s your biggest achievement – career or otherwise? 

Back-to back Lyke Wake Walk - West to East on the North York Moors and back again, clocking up 84 miles of rough terrain with some serious ascents and all under 48 hours. 

Who’s your biggest hero, and why? 

David Bowie. He transformed music and was an innovator in every way.

What is your ideal holiday? 

Two weeks on a beach doing nothing – resting, drinking and relaxing in a very nice hotel.

What would be your ideal weekend? 

Walking or climbing in The Lakes, finished off with a meal at a lovely restaurant.

Three words to describe yourself? 

Energetic, passionate, positive.

Your best and worst habits? 

Best – I’m the eternal optimist.
Worst – I have a terrible habit of being late for social events.

What’s your guilty pleasure? 


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

Cleaning at a factory. They built engines and I spent hours cleaning up oil. Boring and absolutely horrible.

What single fact would surprise people the most about you? 

I’m a Geordie.


Thanks Paul.  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, 2 August 2018

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