The Ri5 profile: Daryl Sutcliffe, TMP Worldwide


Since beginning her career within HR, Daryl Sutcliffe has over eight years’ experience of working within the talent marketplace. During her time with TMP she has managed an extensive portfolio of clients, defining strategies and delivering projects within the experienced hire and emerging talent space. The highlight of her career was winning the RAD Award for ‘Work of the Year’ with Virgin Money last year.

How did you first get into the industry?

Initially I worked in a NHS HR department - so a very different world of recruitment than I know today. Through this job I met Simon Wright, now business director at TMP; I came in for an interview at TMP and the rest is history. 

Would you do the same again?

Absolutely, the clients and the people I have worked with over the years have been great. Every day is different; there are new challenges and new possible solutions with the ever-evolving market and technology.

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

When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor, but there are two major issues with this - I hate blood and needles!

Who are your favourite people from the industry?

There are too many amazing people I have met over the years to mention.

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

People buy people.

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

It links to what I’ve said above. I enjoy spending time with people, whether that’s clients, colleagues, or people from within the industry. It makes your job easier and a lot more enjoyable.

What’s your favourite recruitment ad?

I loved the Do it for Daniel campaign. I didn’t work on it but focusing on such a tragic case was so brave, it was about creating something positive for children at risk. I think this is when recruitment is at its best changing people’s lives.

And your favourite non-recruitment ad?

I am a total sucker for the John Lewis adverts; they pull on my heart stings every time. Although this year’s isn’t my favourite it still got everyone talking.

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

I am a total foodie so I tend to go to nice restaurants in lots of different cities; I have clients across England and Scotland. Yesterday I was at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse in Newcastle; I would definitely recommend it.

What are you reading at the moment?

Anything by Julia Donaldson as I have two-year-old who is a big fan of Superworm and The Gruffalo.

And what are you listening to?

Right now, Santa Claus is Coming to Town – it’s Christmas jumper day in the Manchester office.

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

David Attenborough - because why wouldn’t you want someone with that many interesting stories at a dinner party? Richard Branson, maybe I would get a trip to his island. Adele, she can be the entertainment. Peter Kay so I can encourage him to make another series of Car Share. Alex Ferguson, as hopefully my husband would be allowed to pop in.

What are your top three films?

Dirty Dancing, Shawshank Redemption, any Marvel films, I have an older brother so there were lots of comics in our house growing up.

Something or someone for Room 101?

People who moan about Christmas, even if you hate most it just enjoy the time off work and get a drink!

What items do you never leave home without?

Not very exciting to be honest, iPhone, purse, and an umbrella as I live in Manchester!

What’s your biggest achievement – career or otherwise?

Winning the Work of the Year at the RAD Awards was an amazing feeling, creating a relationship with a client where they trust you to do something totally different is great.

Who’s your biggest hero, and why?

Sounds cheesy, but my dad. He has taught me a lot of lessons about life such as working hard, looking after your family and that it is totally fine to be quirky. He is also a judge so he keeps bad guys off the streets - number one criteria for a hero.

What is your ideal holiday?

Canada, I would love to live there one day.

Three words to describe yourself?

Talkative, determined and caring.

Your best and worst habits?

Being talkative is my best and worst habit depending on who I am with.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Christmas is not complete without a snowball – if you haven’t had one, ask your grandma!

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?

I was once in panto with Andi Peters and Toby Anstis...

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

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The Ri5 profile: Daryl Sutcliffe, TMP Worldwide