LAUNCHING: EVE MOORE
Wild at Heart Foundation
Time at the company:
2 years 2 months
THE BIG QUESTIONS
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL TITLE?
WHAT DO YOU DO ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS?
I manage the rehoming of dogs from a number of international projects, in countries such as Cyprus, Lesvos, Romania and Bosnia. I promote our available dogs via social media and our website, match people to suitable dogs based on their lifestyle, routine, and the needs of the dog. I then coordinate the transportation to bring the dog home to their new owners. I also help manage welfare and neutering projects in these countries, which helps to alleviate some of the suffering that dogs in these countries have to endure.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?
As a child I wanted to be a dog for a while and when I realised this wasn’t going to be possible I decided I wanted to be a vet. I was stumped pretty quickly by my teachers who pointed out that I wasn’t very good at science. I had no idea how to get into working with animals without being super smart, but thankfully times have changed and the platform of social media and blogging allowed me to get noticed. I was voluntarily promoting dogs for adoption in Cyprus and blogging about Pitbulls when Wild at Heart Foundation came across my efforts, and that’s how I landed the job.
WHAT ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU HAVE?
After I finished high school I went on to study English, Psychology, Geography and Politics at A Level. I still have zero political knowledge and I can’t read maps either. Following this I went to university to study English. I’ve just finished my final year so I’m now waiting to find out what I’ll graduate with!
WHAT’S THE BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something. Oh and my boss told me last week ‘always smile when you’re on the phone to someone’ and that’s pretty important too.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY?
J.K Rowling. She is incredible.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CURRENT WORKING ENVIRONMENT?
I work from home, which is great because some days you need endless amounts of coffee and to lounge about in odd socks and baggy sweatpants. I hate having to get dressed up so an office job really wouldn’t be for me.
WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR DAILY WORK ROUTINE IF YOU COULD?
I’m honestly not sure I would. I have the perfect balance of responsibility and flexibility, so it really works for me. Everything will change for me shortly as I’m no longer a student so I will not longer have to balance so many different factors, and I’m really looking forward to that.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF PROFESSIONALLY IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME?
I want to remain within the charity sector and ideally it will still be with animals. I’m very fortunate that I’ve been with the team since the very beginning of Wild at Heart Foundation, so I’m hoping that I will stay with them for a long time to come and continue to see us grow.
DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN BE THE SAME PERSON AT WORK AND IN PRIVATE?
Yes. The Wild at Heart Foundation team are a fabulous group of girls but we are all so different. I think they’re just about used to my sarcasm now! Obviously with clients it’s different, but with my team, they get the real me!
WHERE AND IN WHAT ROLES ARE WOMEN IN THE LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE AT YOUR COMPANY?
Our co-founders are both amazing women. Nikki Tibbles runs Wild at Heart, the renowned floristry business based in London, and Nadine Kayser is Global Head of Marketing and Communications at Steer Davies Gleave. Nikki generates so much interest in the Foundation through her friends and clients by using social media as a tool to raise awareness. Nadine manages the whole team and our current projects alongside working a full time job. She is the definition of incredible.
DOES DIVERSITY MATTER TO YOU?
Definitely. It helps us to make rational decisions, perform to the best of our ability, and we are constantly taking into account different perspectives.
HOW GOOD IS YOUR WORK LIFE BALANCE?
While I was studying and working, it wasn’t great. I’m positive that now I’ve finished my final year things will balance out and I’ve taught myself how to switch off when I need to which is really important.
WHAT QUALITIES DOES BEING IN YOUR ROLE NECESSITATE?
I have to be very organised, put myself into the shoes of others regularly, and use my initiative a lot. No day is the same, and no adoption case is the same. There are so many variables that come into play and I have to be aware of each and every one of them. If something unexpected happens I have to be able to work pro-actively to resolve it rather than panicking. I’m not ashamed to say it took a while to master this, especially when there were only two of us on the rehoming team!
ANY FINAL COMMENTS?
I’m not one to preach, but I do like to advise. If you’re looking to welcome a dog into your family any time soon, please consider adopting. There are 600 million stray dogs across the globe, and whilst adopting one of them won’t change the world, it will change the life of a dog that will be forever grateful.