Spotlight on…Kate Wilkins

Our Head of HR has come along way since her days at top Cheltenham nightclub ‘Gas’…perhaps that’s where she rubbed shoulders with superstar David Bowie!

What does a day in your role look like?

Every day is different, with so many clients from so many different business sectors, you rarely apply the same principles to all. But that also ties in with Brave’s approach – every situation is different, every client is different and our advice, support and approach is entirely tailored to the individual client.

Which of Brave HCG’s values do you most identify with?

“As a business we will also strive to do the right thing” Often people feel that HR has an employee bias or a business bias. I believe that acting in the interest of both parties, by always do the right thing is invaluable.

What makes good HR?

A lot of my focus falls within the Employee Relations remit. Often there isn’t a right or wrong answer, but you should always do the right thing (sorry there it is again!). You should remain fair and impartial, listen well and always deal with the facts as they present themselves. However, the power of empathy is huge! You don’t have to agree with everything, but you should always do your best to understand.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Currently it has to be juggling whilst home-schooling – but most people can relate to that right?! 

What was your first proper job?

 

I initially trained as a Beauty Therapist and was a Gas promo girl! ‘THE nightclub’ back in the day!

Favourite quote and why?

Self care is not selfish – it has to be! You can only give your best if you are at your best, so whether it be a run or a bike ride, a spa or a night out with the girls, taking time to do something you enjoy for you is good for the soul! And I come from a house full of boys…. apart from the dog!

Who would you like to trade places with for a day?

Oooo not sure about that! no one has that perfect life do they – despite how they may portray it! I think I’m happy ‘mostly’ being me….. although on the slopes, in the sunshine or on boat somewhere would definitely fit the ‘self care’ brief! Can we also throw in some bubbles, good food and hot tub?….. 

What is your claim to fame?

 

Obviously back to the days of schmoozing with Bowie 😎 those who know…. know