VWA 30 Year Stories – Lesley

#VWA30 day 23 comes via Lesley Mackinnon who first met with VWA back in the mid-90s. Here’s what Lesley had to say about working with Tori at VWA-

“Tori had a very big and significant influence on the breadth of recruitment we hired at and, on a personal note, my own career direction and development. Without her help, guidance and support, I would not be where I am today.”

I began my career some 40 years ago as a shorthand secretary (as it was then called!) in the Home Office.  From there, I moved to merchant banking (forerunner of investment banking); then moved into professional services and then into full blown investment banking.  Whilst at this global investment bank, I was given the opportunity to change and grow my career and moved from Executive Assistant to Floor Manager; effectively an operations role.  As part of this role, I embraced recruitment and through this avenue I first met Victoria Wall Associates but worked primarily with Tori herself.  This was back in the mid 90’s.  Through the growth of that relationship and friendship, Tori had a very big and significant influence on the breadth of recruitment we hired at and, on a personal note, my own career direction and development.

When I was made redundant in 2002, Tori was the most optimistic of people in a very poor job market at the time.  She personally mentored me and gave me direction and encouragement on how to further my education, how to progress my career and also kept me working whilst we looked for the perfect role for me.  She never gave up on me.

In 2004 I joined a private equity company with a more focused direction for my career as an HR Officer.  Through Tori’s personal encouragement and guidance and the extensive resource and support VWA gave me on the recruitment front on so many levels, we have watched my career grow to Head of HR Operations and the company grow from around 50 to nearly 200 people globally to date.

Without her help, guidance and support, I would not be where I am today.

Thank you.