Helen Davies

Helen joined Henley in 1997, became Head of Research in late 2000 and was appointed a Director of the company in 2007.

Helen has a joint honours BA Degree in French and Music, has lived in both Switzerland and France and is one of our French linguists. Her business experience includes commercial roles for one of the national chains of hotels, industrial experience having worked with an electrical services company and a manufacturer of home products, and healthcare knowledge having worked in an administrative role with one of the country’s leading healthcare providers.

Her sector focus is on Energy, Financial Services, Health, HR, IT, Legal, Materials Handling, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, Property and Public Sector.

How many countries have you been to and which one is furthest from the UK? 22 in total. The USA was the furthest from the UK

What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten? A beer battered fish two weeks ago. It sounded delicious on the menu but actually it was quite impossible to cut through the fish, and it wasn’t because of any bones. I won’t be eating there again!

What was your dream job when you were a child? I didn’t dream of entering a particular profession as such but I know that I wanted a job that would be fulfilling, challenging, fascinating and varied…I got all of that and more with Henley

If you could time travel where would you go? Back to the days of no email!

Which superhero would you be and why? The Invisible Woman – it would certainly add an extra dimension to being a researcher and would help me to reach candidates that other researchers can’t reach!

What was the last role for which you found the successful candidate? UK MD for a Scandinavian software company looking to enter the UK market

What is the innovation you have been waiting for? I’m still waiting…for shirts that don’t need ironing. The label says that they don’t but they really do

What are your guilty pleasures? Chocolate covered marzipan, Gavin and Stacey, lager with a dash of lime…think I’d better stop there!

What is the biggest challenge of using LinkedIn as a researcher? To not fall into the trap of reading everything at face value. Just because a profile is lacking in detail doesn’t mean that they won’t be a good candidate. Profiles/CVs should always act as a prompt for further discussion

What would you do if you had an extra hour in the day? Some of it would be spent with my family, some of it would be used trying to find that extra special candidate and the rest would probably be taken up with emails

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