Karen Davison-Renouf | Clifton Shard Recruitment

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Karen Davison - Renouf



When did you join Clifton Shard Recruitment?

When a good friend of mine approached me to offer her business (the Ellis Recruitment) up for sale. She said she wanted someone to buy it who would really see it’s potential and take care of it, and would I be interested. This was September 2015 and we completed the purchase ready to start trading on 1st December 2015.


Why did you choose a career in recruitment?

I walked into a recruitment agency in 1993, when I was considering changing my career option from being in Media Sales for several years. They suggested recruitment as something I would enjoy and ended up offering me a job on their recruitment team. I said yes and the rest is history J


What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is two fold, I absolutely still love the buzz when both the client and the candidate are happy with the hire or temporary placement. Secondly watching my high performing team here at Clifton Shard learn, grow and flourish in their confidence, knowledge and careers.


And the most challenging?

Annual government legislation changes that adds vast amounts of cost, time and administration costs to the business community with no consideration to how that impacts our businesses year on year, with what feels like no let up.


What skills do you need for your role? 

An absolute love for interacting with people from all walks of life, huge amounts of energy and the patience of a saint.  The drive and desire to succeed alongside the resilience and problem solving skills needed when things go wrong as they often do in people’s lives and business in general. The skill is expecting things to go wrong, accepting this and having contingencies in place ready to go.


What is your favourite construction project?

One of my favourite construction restoration projects was based in Milan, Italy, La Scala Opera House, which felt like it took an eternity to finish.. When it was finished the beautiful original building cleaned and restored to former glory was stunning. I went to see my first opera after La Scala reopened for business around 10 years ago now, and it was so worth the wait. I wish more older buildings were restored rather than demolished and new ones built in their place, loosing a little bit of history each time.


How do you relax when you are not at work?

I hang out with my three old daughter as much as I can as she brings such simple happiness to my life. I  still love playing netball, work with a personal trainer and enjoy yoga, all of which keep me as fit as possible to keep up with those incredible energy levels, only children possess.