My Brilliant Recruitment Career: Katrina Cheverton

Katrina Cheverton is CEO of executive search and interim recruiter Savannah Group

What was your earliest dream job?

I was determined to join the army. I read an article in the Sunday Times with lots of glossy photos and stories of adventures – that was definitely for me. I met a female army recruitment officer who told me that the best part of the job was not having to go on the adventures – just the male officers did that. That was the end of that dream! I then joined Price Waterhouse [now PwC] and became an accountant…

What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?

I joined Savannah in 2018, in a finance role. Before, though, I was part of the M&S Graduate Recruitment team and hired 25 finance team members while I was there.

Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?

Anyone who makes it look easy to have it all. Specifically, John Ellis who founded Savannah, and his fundamental belief in people, making time for them and always doing the right thing – while having some fun!

What do you love most about your current role?

The variety; the fact that every day is different. Also, I get to talk to lots of interesting people, inside and outside of the business.

What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?

Being asked to take over as CEO. Having worked in recruitment for less than three years, this was a surprise. I love the responsibility and the pride in leading a successful business with an amazing team. It also proves that taking time out to do other things and working part time are not barriers to success.

Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?

Any candidate who I can remember is a winner, and there are a few – largely because of their warmth and honesty. Who wants to be forgettable?

What would you regard as your signature tune?

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. I am an eternal optimist, and will look for solutions and find the silver lining in any cloud.

What was your sanity go-to during Covid-19 and various lockdowns?

I walked miles, and really enjoyed the peace and tranquility around me. Time away from screens, in the fresh air, is so precious and so important.

What did you learn about yourself during the pandemic?

I enjoyed not having a crazy busy diary; the challenge now is to recover some of that time, which appears to be seeping away again! I also realised that I could do more. I was able to invest more in my job, which I found rewarding and really helped to reaffirm that I was able to deliver in a challenging role. I also realise that being there for others is an important part of who I am; I enjoy listening and helping others.

Katrina Cheverton spoke with Roisin Woolnough

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