HR and recruitment co-ordinator Olivia Field, based in our Manchester office, is responsible for all of BOOST&Co’s people.
What do you do at BOOST&Co?
I’m the company’s HR and recruitment co-ordinator, looking after our people processes across the UK and in South Africa. We’re currently expanding the business, opening new regional offices and hiring more people, so I’m being kept very busy.
What do you look for in candidates who apply to work with you?
People with a little extra something that makes them unique. BOOST&Co’s culture has six tenets, and we look for these as part of our recruitment process: authenticity and bravery; being smart, self-motivated and curious; and people who are both interested and interesting.
What makes BOOST&Co stand out?
We really focus on our people, and we have an organisational psychologist, Heather Bingham, who works with every member of the team. It’s the first time I’ve worked with this resource in a company of this size, and it speaks volumes about our values.
What appealed to you about BOOST&Co?
I believed in the people and the culture, so it was the perfect match. I also loved the website and the marketing. BOOST&Co isn’t a stuffy financial-services business, it’s a cool, quirky brand.
Which item can you not work without?
A cup of Yorkshire tea. Or my gold-embossed notebook, which goes everywhere with me.
What has been your most unusual job to date?
I previously worked in a similar role in Sydney, for Compass Group Australia, looking after seven remote mining sites across three states. Being responsible for people who worked 12-hour days, in 50-degree heat, was very different to what I had done before.
Have you travelled abroad for fun, as well as for work?
I’ve skydived over Mordor in New Zealand, island-hopped in Fiji, trekked up mountains in Cambodia and canyoned down waterfalls in Vietnam. I’ve visited most of the countries in Southeast Asia and I’ve taken a cookery class in every place I’ve been to.
Manchester has its attractions, too…
I love the city’s music scene – over the past six months, I’ve been to more than 30 gigs! My favourite venue is the Albert Hall, where I recently saw Sigrid and White Lies. There are some amazing restaurants, too. Cottonopolis and Federal Cafe, in the Northern Quarter, are my favourites.
What’s on your bucket list?
Backpacking around Brazil and the Deep South in the US – just for the food…
Given £100m to spend or invest, what’s the first thing you would do?
Waiheke Island in New Zealand is like paradise – it’s one of my favourite places in the world. I’d buy a vineyard on Waiheke and live there forever.