Ri5 Profile: Steve McAuley

 

The latest industry figure to be featured in our regular series is Steve McAuley, field sales manager at BMJ Careers. A familiar face as somebody who’s been in the industry for some time, he’s a keen sports fan (and participant!), and judging by his alternative career option makes a mean cup of coffee.

How did you get into your current role? 
I returned to BMJ in 2004 after five years at another medical title (Pulse) and agency side (Darwin Grey). I held various display ad manager roles during my first time at BMJ.

What was your first recruitment-related job?
This one, but did do a brief stint in the old BMJ classified during the late 80’s

Accident or design?
Accident (totally!)

Would you do the same again?
Probably!

What would you do if you didn’t do this?
I’d be a barista.

Proudest achievements
(a) Professional: It’s too hard to say - I’m very modest!
(b) Personal – My wife and kids.

Favourite industry colleague and why?
There are a few and they know who they are! But if I was to mention them by name it might go to their heads!

Why do we love social media?
It allows us to voice opinions without physical debate.

Why do we hate social media? 
It's anti-social. And it won’t do any good for social skills in the workplace in the future.

Favourite piece of music / album?
David Bowie - Hunky Dory, and Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive! I can judge this by the fact I play them both at least a couple of times a year.

Favourite film director and film?
David Lean, Lawrence of Arabia; Hitchcock, Rear Window – cinematography at its best.

Favourite artist and artwork?
Anything by William Russell Flint

Perfect weekend?
Managing my son’s football team – then off to the Emirates for a game (and hopefully a win!) followed by an evening with friends and family.

Favourite restaurant for:
Business: Rules
Enjoying with friends: An of the numerous gastropubs near where we live in Tring
Eating: L’Artista in Watford – nothing special, just a great, proper Italian!

Who are your perfect dinner party guests?
Elvis, Julie Christie, Susan George, Steve McQueen.

Something or someone for Room 101?
Twitter! I just don’t see the point and it’s just another thing to maintain.

Most looking forward to?
Arsenal winning the Champions League one day!

Fondest memory?
When my wife said yes!

Favourite sport (participant)?
Football – I still play 5-a-side two or three times a week.

Favourite sport (spectator)?
Football again, watching either Arsenal or Tring Tornadoes; and also Rugby, Tring Rugby Club.

Favourite team and/or sporting hero?
Arsenal (I’m a Highbury lad), Liam Brady, and also Brian Clough – the original Mourinho!

Holiday – sun/sea, ski, safari, or culture? 
Sun/Ski – although I haven’t been skiing for a while!

Three words to describe yourself?
Honest, dependable, reliable.

Best / worst habit?
Best - I’m tidy. Worst - I don’t have any!

Guilty pleasure?
Collecting football and rugby shirts

Any brushes with fame?
Lots! I was a doorman at St James Club when I came out of college – I met George Lucas, Dudley Moore, Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Joan Collins and most notably Grace Kelly a couple of months before she died.

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?
I was a Westminster Abbey Choirboy (soprano) until my voice broke at 13 – I could have gone on to alto but by then I’d moved on to football and girls!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

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Ri5 Profile: Steve McAuley