THE BIG QUESTIONS
WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSIONAL TITLE?
WHAT DO YOU DO ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS?
I offer a variety of services from Wardrobe Edits, to Personal Styling and Outfit Building, to Personal Shopping. My day-to-day varies in that one day I could find myself in Surrey, Hertfordshire, Kent or Central London at a client’s house doing a Wardrobe Edit or a Styling session and on another day I will be taking a client shopping in Westfield or Selfridges.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD AND WHAT CHANGED?
I wanted to be lawyer when I was young, and I was. I worked in the Oil and Gas industry for four years negotiating multi-billion dollar contracts for BP and Saudi Arabian Oil Company. I worked with amazing people from all over the world and even got to live in Madrid to head up the legal team for an oil refinery project for just over a year.
WHAT ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU HAVE?
I have an LLB and I am also a qualified journalist with shorthand.
WHAT’S THE BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
Do what you love and everything else will fall into place.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY?
I don’t have one. I have met some very interesting people throughout my career, and I pick up advice and tips as I go along on my journey. I don’t have a single role model because everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. You can generally learn something from everyone, not everything from someone.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CURRENT WORKING ENVIRONMENT?
I am totally flexible and can work around my two children. Harry is 9 and Sophia is 7 and I make sure that I take them to school every day and pick them up every day. That is important to me. I fit my clients in during the school day or on the weekends and if I need to be at a school football match or a parents’ meeting, I don’t schedule any work for that day.
WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR DAILY WORK ROUTINE IF YOU COULD?
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF PROFESSIONALLY IN FIVE YEARS’ TIME?
I see myself doing exactly the same thing as I do now. I hope to be just as busy, with the same diversity of clients.
DO YOU FEEL YOU CAN BE THE SAME PERSON AT WORK AND IN PRIVATE?
100 percent. Honesty is vital for my role, so although I approach my clients diplomatically, I am always the same person at work and in private.
DOES DIVERSITY MATTER TO YOU?
Absolutely. My clients are male and female and range from teens, to clients in their 70s, from all different backgrounds and with all different styles and budgets. Diversity is crucial to me and my business.
HOW GOOD IS YOUR WORK LIFE BALANCE?
I have an unusually incredible work life balance, which I know I am very lucky to have.
WHAT QUALITIES DOES BEING IN YOUR ROLE NECESSITATE?
Kindness, compassion, empathy and creativity are probably the most important qualities to have. I have to be a good listener, self- motivated, organised, resourceful and think entirely on my feet. Being a Personal Stylist is very different to dressing models, I work with ‘normal’ people every day and with that comes emotions, inhibitions, hopes and fears.
ANY FINAL COMMENTS?
Follow your dreams. I was always told I needed to follow a ‘conventional’ career path, which is why I went into law. I loved it, but it was never my passion. After having my first child, I decided to follow my dreams and work in fashion. If you love what you do, you will make it a success.
WHERE AND IN WHAT ROLES ARE WOMEN IN THE LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE AT YOUR COMPANY?