The Ri5 profile: 
Lindsey Hatten, Metro

The Ri5 profile:
Lindsey Hatten, Metro


Lindsey Hatten is senior account manager across recruitment and education for both the London Metro and Evening Standard. She has worked on the titles for four years and has progressed rapidly through the ranks in that time. She is responsible for delivering candidate engagement across the portfolio and is constantly looking for new and different creative executions to deliver this.

How did you first get into the industry?

Accidentally - my degree was in journalism; however I dabbled in sales straight after university and quite enjoyed the challenge and the rewards. I then went to Asia for three years, and on my return was offered a job at Trinity Mirror. I worked there for a year and then made the move to Metro, which is where my career in media sales properly began.

Would you do the same again?

Yes, I have made some great friends along the way.

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

I always wanted to be a professional photographer, travelling around the world taking pics and getting paid for the privilege. Obviously I didn’t quite make it, but God bless Instagram!

Who are your favourite people from the industry?

There are so many brilliant people in the industry so I couldn’t possibly say - but Donna Warren at Penna is a firm favourite however, and my team are pretty great too!

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

Don’t take anything personally.

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

I would pass on the advice I was given, and say don’t take anything personally.

What’s your favourite recruitment ad?

The Met Police Community Support Officer campaign – ‘Last night a DJ saved my life’.

And what’s your favourite non-recruitment ad?

I really like the ‘If Carlsberg Did…’ adverts, they are brilliant.

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

Barrica Tapas Bar, Fitzrovia is a good spot.  Their octopus is delicious and their strawberry gin is insane!

What are you reading at the moment?

The Metro!

And what are you listening to?

The XX - I See You album is currently looping on my Spotify.

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

I’d invite Jamie Oliver to cook, Jennifer Saunders and Peter Kay for giggles, Oasis for entertainment and Daniel Sturridge as my date.

What are your top three films?

Trainspotting, The Football Factory and The Shawshank Redemption.

Something or someone for Room 101?

People who stop at the top of escalators need putting in Room 101, it infuriates me.

What items do you never leave home without?

My headphones, any journey without them is unbearable.

What’s your biggest achievement – career or otherwise?

When I was 22 I had a really bad day at work and decided some drastic changes were needed. Before I knew it, I was waving goodbye to my friends and family at Heathrow Airport and stepping onto a plane to South Korea, where I lived and taught English for three years. I was met at Seoul airport by a man named Brian. Brian drove me to my new home, sat on my new floor, and ate tomatoes whilst listening to me cry because I didn’t understand how or why I had ended up there. After the initial shock, it quickly became the best experience I have ever had!

Who’s your biggest hero, and why?

Nelson Mandela and Steve Jobs – for very different reasons.

What is your ideal holiday?

I’d love to go back to Tokyo, but this time with a bigger budget and an infinity pool overlooking the city.

Three words to describe yourself?

Talkative, competitive and ambitious.

Your best and worst habits?

Excitable, which makes me impatient.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Cheese. I love cheese. I genuinely believe I have a cheese addiction, which I actually Googled the other day, and it is a real thing!

What single fact would surprise people the most about you?

I sang to the Queen at the opening of the Millennium Dome.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

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Anonymous Date: Feb 18, 2017

Brilliant Lindsey - so good to see people who have such passion for sales AND CHEESE!