The Ri5 profile: Kate Wilson

The Ri5 profile: Kate Wilson


Kate Wilson, Resourcing Lead - Public Sector at Penna, is straight-talking, inquisitive and fresh. Here we take a fresh, inquisitive look at some straight-talking answers

How did you first get into the industry?

I responded to an Austin Knight print ad in the Birmingham Post in 1990. And Bob Townes interviewed me. Say no more.

Would you do the same again?

If Bob Townes was still alive – yes.

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

Lie on a sun lounger with a book.

Who are your favourite people from the industry?

There are far too many to mention. And I would hate to hurt anyone’s feelings by not mentioning them.

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

Why? They’re not paying for it?

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

Why? They’re not paying for it?

What’s your favourite recruitment ad?

One of my own creations of course.  On another note I have just read the Ri5 article re Virgin Atlantic using video within their inflight entertainment channels to recruit. As a bit of an aeroplane geek, I think genius. Why has it taken so long?

And what’s your favourite non-recruitment ad?

When Mash gets Smashed. I still love Smash.

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

Somewhere really quirky so that if they’re really boring at least we’ve got something to talk about.

What are you reading at the moment?

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

And what are you listening to?

I have a phobia about ear plugs in my ears, so nothing current or otherwise. When I am relaxing at home, I tend to listen to Classic FM.

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

I’m finding this one the most difficult to answer. And the honest answer is I have no idea. People don’t do dinner parties anymore do they? Or maybe they do – and I just don’t get invited. You want an answer though so:- Amy Morris, Danny Rothslade, Anne Sullivan, Hannah Harman and Laura Damon. They’re all sitting close to me right now – and I think we’d make a fun party for dinner.

What are your top three films?

Another tough one. But my absolute Number 1 film is Pretty Woman. Where is the real life Richard Gere? After that I couldn’t possibly rank them.

Something or someone for Room 101?

Our fire alarm just went off. And the alarm announced a serious incident was occurring in the building; and this went on for 5 minutes before then announcing that we needed to evacuate. Luckily the incident wasn’t serious. Room 101 please.

What items do you never leave home without?

I wish. I’m terrible with keys; one morning I woke up and found them in the fridge?

What’s your biggest achievement – career or otherwise?

There are many. However industry related, winning a RAD Award for Coventry City Council and the Do it for Daniel social care campaign.

Who’s your biggest hero, and why?

They know who they are, and why.

What is your ideal holiday?

Lying on a sun lounger reading a book.

Three words to describe yourself?

Our bid writer Sue Hinton asked me to do this recently. And I said direct, nosey and disruptive.  Which she translated to straight-talking, inquisitive and fresh.

Your best and worst habits?

A really clean and tidy flat.

A really grubby and messy desk.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk.

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

Well – all I’ve ever done is recruitment – so I can’t really say that?!

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?

That’s my secret – and I’m afraid I am not telling.

Thanks Kate. If you would like to nominate someone for an Ri5 Profile, or participate yourself, please contact the Ri5 Editorial team at

Thursday, 27 July 2017

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