MY STANTON HOUSE STORY: MEG APPLEBY

My Stanton House Story: Meg Appleby
Posting date:18 Mar 2021

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS CREATING EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

To celebrate Stanton House’s ten-year anniversary we have profiled the unique journeys of some of our employees. Every one of their personal successes is an accomplishment for our whole business and we want to celebrate these. The My Stanton House Story blog series looks at what they’ve learned, why they love what they do and how they have progressed their careers. 

FORGING A PEOPLE FOCUSSED CAREER   

Opportunity knocks 

After graduating with a Business & HR Management degree and following a gap year, where I travelled to see Europe and South East Asia, I wanted to relocate from Leeds to London to kick start my HR career.

My boyfriend’s boss happened to live next door to Stanton House’s Co-Founder, Nick Eaves and opportunity quite literally came knocking! Stanton House was looking for an Administrator to help with office management, Compliance and HR admin.

I had three interviews lined up, but I instantly clicked with everyone I met from Stanton House. People were so welcoming, and it really felt (and still does feel) like a family. I really bought into the company Purpose and Values and the growth plans for the business sounded super exciting! I knew it was the company for me. I took the plunge, moved to London and joined Stanton House in 2016. 

Taking on a specialist role

After two years in the role of Administrator, I knew I wanted to pursue my “people” career and become more of a specialist. When a position came up to take on our internal recruitment, I knew I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by.

Stanton House gave me the opportunity to give it a shot and another two years and a promotion later, I am now responsible for both our internal recruitment and our HR function globally. For me, there’s nothing more rewarding than hiring someone and watching them become a Stanton House super star!

My specialist HR expertise has grown beyond anything I could have imagined. Right from the start the leaders at Stanton House have supported my ambitions and have helped me reach my professional goals.

I’ve been supported to study my CIPD and have been lucky enough to have benefited from the broad range of training and development courses which are available to all employees including people management, public speaking and developing emotional resilience.

A challenging year

I think the most challenging thing about working in HR is keeping a balance between proactive and reactive work. Unsurprisingly, over the last 12 months I have had to be incredibly reactive to market / pandemic conditions and the impacts to our working environment.

That said, one of the things I love about working for a small business is that you generally have more interaction with the Senior Leadership Team. The impacts to our working lives, caused by the pandemic, have given me more opportunity than usual to become a trusted advisor to this group. I have gained confidence by being thrown in the deep end and I have felt more than ever that we are “one team”.

I’ve definitely been pushed out of my comfort zone over the last 12 months, and I have learned a lot about the importance of self-belief. I’m hugely appreciative of the variety working here brings - it’s super-fast paced, there’s always something to celebrate and no two days are the same!

Looking to the future 

As we slowly start to emerge from the third national lockdown in the UK and as the vaccine programme makes good progress there’s a sense of hope and optimism in the air. Although countries around the world still have economic challenges ahead, we remain positive about the prospects for new opportunities this year.

In fact, we are busy strengthening our specialist recruitment teams across the globe and right now I’m hiring for a number of internal roles!

We’re hiring right now

We truly care about our employees and do everything we can to provide the tools and environment for great people to be exceptional recruiters. I would describe the culture here as “challenging”, “nurturing” and “rewarding”.

If you want to discover for yourself what it means to work at Stanton House, take a look at our Glassdoor page and contact me directly to discuss any of our live vacancies: 

  • Senior Recruitment Consultant - Technology – Singapore
  • Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy & Finance – London
  • Recruitment Consultant - Change & Transformation – London
  • Recruitment Consultant - Cyber Security – London
  • Researcher - Senior Appointments – London
  • Graduate / Junior Recruitment Consultant - London or Reading
  • Learning and Development Partner – London 

To start your journey with us and to find out about the current opportunities we have available please contact Meg Appleby, meg.appleby@stantonhouse.com, 0779 590 9781.

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