Ri5 Profile: Rebecca Fielding

 

Rebecca is Managing Director of Gradconsult. If you're looking for a children's entertainer she may just be what you're looking for ...

How did you first get into the industry?

A temp job.

Would you do the same again?

In a heartbeat.

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

I’d be running my own creative, quirky business – just in a different sector.  Children’s entertainment probably; as a mum of two I can testify there seems to be a lot of money in that!

Who are your favourite people from the industry?

My team.  In building the business I have been able to surround myself with the most amazing people, all of whom I really like and admire.

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

Get involved in as many different professional bodies, projects and opportunities as you can. The broad insight and networks this gives you outside of your role and organisation are invaluable.

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

If you can see something that can be improved upon, or needs doing, then do it (after doing your day job really well first, of course). Most leaders are incredibly thankful for pro-active team members who use their initiative to solve problems, get things done and go beyond the boundaries of the job spec.

What’s your favourite recruitment ad?

Anything with Batman gets my vote!

But then I’m a great fan of keeping it simple too …

 

And what’s your favourite non-recruitment ad?

If I watched this on repeat it would never get old!

 

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

I’m doing that just next week. We’re going to Bob Bob Ricard in London as it is a big celebratory evening and they hold the record for serving the most champagne in one day!

What are you reading at the moment?

“Black Box Thinking” by Matthew Syed is currently on my night-stand.

And what are you listening to?

Take That. I’m a woman of a certain age, don’t judge!

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

I’m invoking the alive or dead, fact or fiction rule here.  And I always go for the dead or the fictional, as I like to think if I really, really wanted to spend time with someone who was both alive and real I could find a way.  So my dead/fictional dinner table would include:

  • Amelia Earhart
  • My Dad, in his 30s (when I was little)
  • Thor (everyone who knows me, knows why)
  • My Nan, in her 20s (during WWII, the only woman to lead a munitions division)
  • Boudicca

What are your top three films?

Pulp Fiction, Deadpool and Schindler’s List

Something or someone for Room 101?

People who chew with their mouths open - just monstrous!

What items do you never leave home without?

Phone, wallet and keys.

What’s your biggest achievement – career or otherwise?

Establishing the Gradconsult business, in the peak of the recession in 2012. At the time I was pregnant with our second child, had a very lively three-year old and a dependent father suffering with Alzheimers’. I look back on those years of hard work, late nights, early mornings and constant juggling with enormous pride. Five and a half years later the business continues to grow, with year-on-year client mix, revenue and profits looking set to break all previous records again. We now employ nine amazing people plus some wonderful associates, and work with clients across the world on some really exciting