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Colleague Spotlight: Tim Scott

April 18, 2024
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What has been your journey to your current position at Fletchers?

I didn’t actually start out wanting a career in Human Resources (HR). I didn’t know what to do after graduating with a degree in Philosophy (which qualifies you for everything and nothing at the same time), so I had a few temporary jobs to get me by.

It was in one of those jobs that I was inspired by poor management to see if I could do something that would make a positive difference to people’s experience at work. I started off with a course in HR that had a placement at the end of it in a local education and arts centre. I realised I quite liked HR, so this marked the beginning of my career!

After a few years with my placement company, I found myself in the voluntary sector, working for the British Red Cross and a local drug treatment agency and then ended up in an economic development company.

After a short period of working for myself, I was approached by a friend who worked in the Fletchers HR department. She thought I would be a good fit here and invited me in for a chat with Ed Fletcher… and the rest is history!

I recently celebrated my seven year anniversary at Fletchers – and whilst I have had the same job title for those seven years, the continued growth of the company, it feels like I’ve had three or four different jobs in that time.

Describe a typical workday in the life of Tim at Fletchers.

It’s a bit of a cliché but there is no typical day, every day is different.

Sometimes you start with a well-planned day, but it can change at any point if something more important comes along.

My day also is very dependent on whether I am working from home or in one of our great office spaces. One thing is for sure, there are usually plenty of meetings, ongoing projects, and a lot of chatting with people (unsurprisingly, being part of the People team!)

I am currently working on the data we’ve gathered from our recent We’re All Ears survey. Whilst this is a ton of data and feedback to get through, it is fantastic to have this colleague insight and I always look forward to seeing what people love about working here and what we can do to improve things for our teams. It involves a lot of analysis but comes with great reward.

If you could give your younger self career advice, what would you say?

I was actually asked this recently and I said I thought my younger self could probably give me some advice.

Early in my career, I would take on new things of which I had little or no experience and say yes to anything and everything. Whilst this was undoubtedly a good career development tactic, as I have grown older and more experienced, I’ve become more aware of the risks involved in people management and HR.

Saying that, my original post-university plan was to open a record shop, and I’m generally quite glad I didn’t follow that dream – at the time, I didn’t foresee the way streaming would completely change how people listen to music! I’m glad I didn’t get bankrupted as a result, and as a bonus, I know I am making a difference in my chosen career. So my advice to my younger self is definitely don’t open a record shop!

Who would be your dream dinner guest(s) and why?

I was trying to think of a hero or inspirational character for this, but I have learned the ‘never meet your heroes’ lesson… I once had the pleasure of DJing alongside my absolute DJ hero and inspiration, Gilles Peterson, and once I was introduced to him, I realised I didn’t really have anything to say to him. We ended up talking about the best route to take when driving to Liverpool from London… not exactly the cool conversation I’d had in mind!

So, I would have a meal with my wife and kids, but to make it a dream occasion, the meal would be cooked by Michel Roux Jr. For some reason, I’ve seen a few of his programmes on TV and he always seems like a genuinely nice guy, and obviously a great chef! We could chat about France too as my parents’ love of the country was ingrained in me from an early age.

If you had to compare yourself to a fictional character, who would you choose and why?

I am currently reading the 7th book in the series of Vinyl Detective novels by Andrew Cartmel. The detective is a music obsessive who hunts down rare records for other people and invariably ends up solving some kind of crime along the way (I’m not sure I’ve really done the plot justice there!).

Whilst I don’t solve crime, the central character’s main priorities in life are good music, great coffee and decent wine, in that order – I can certainly relate to that!

What is something people would be surprised to find out about you?

Something about me that not everyone would know is that I used to be a club DJ!

For a little while, I worked part time in HR and the rest of time as a DJ and musician. Some colleagues will already know that, but not many will know that I actually put out a few records of my own in the early 2000s, which led to me DJing in glamourous places like Bern and Paris, alongside my regular Liverpool haunts!

It was playing at what was then Liverpool’s leading club night, Chibuku Shake Shake, where I supported Gilles Peterson, my music idol with whom I shared an in-depth analysis of British motorways.

What has been your Fletchers career highlight so far?

One thing that I recognise as a huge achievement is the work we do – and always have done – with apprenticeships and other routes we provide into law. This gives people who don’t fit the traditional lawyer stereotype the opportunity to start their law career, which is something as a business we are rightly very proud of.

A real personal highlight for me is the absolutely fantastic People team we’ve put together. We have always worked well together, and this circles back to the reason I originally started my career in HR. I like to think that I have become the manager that I wish I’d had when I was younger.

I believe work shouldn’t be a miserable experience, and, in what can be a tough industry where we are speaking with clients that have been through such a lot, the environment we create for our colleagues has a huge impact on them personally and ultimately how they help our clients.  

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