Tell us about the man outside of the office
Originating from the West Midlands, Ashley is a keen golfer and avid Aston Villa fan who is hoping to get his handicap down to single figures this summer whilst watching Villa climb to the dizzy heights of the premiership; in that order of preference!! Ashley claims to be a spiced rum connoisseur and has travelled as far as The Caribbean to experience only the best first hand!!
Give us an insight into the career to date
Graduating from University with a degree in Marketing and Advertising Management, Ashley joined the Lloyds Banking Group on their graduate scheme. Following a successful integration into the real world, it became clear that one of Ashley’s key skills was communication. “I wanted to carve out a career in a sales focused environment” – Ashley entered the recruitment world with a FTSE 250 business where he spent a very successful 2 ½ years. After breaking a number of records, including fastest placement within his division and being promoted to Senior Consultant within 12months, Ashley wanted more and felt his career would grow further and faster in an exciting start up.
What does career success look like for you moving forward?
“You can look at success in many ways, for me, success is playing an integral role in the growth & development of TS Grale’s commercial offering” – Ashley also feels very strongly about his own personal development and sites this as one of the main reasons for joining TS Grale, “There is so much talent and experience around the office which is great and this enables me to learn and develop every day, It’s an exciting time to be a part of the business.” On a personal aspirational level, Ashley has a very specific goal “I would love to be in a position to buy a GT-R before I’m 30”.
So what does Ashley think of the recruitment industry?
Ashley thinks there is a lot of negative connotations attached to the industry, both from people who work within the industry and candidates and clients who have first-hand experience. Ashley feels it’s all about the business and individual you partner with. “If/when you find the right business the experience differs hugely.” Ashley continued “It’s certainly not for the faint hearted, you need to throw yourself into it and be prepared for the ups and downs.” Ashley strongly believes in building trusted, long term partnerships with candidates and clients alike. “I’m not interested in scrapping for a quick win, for me, time invested with candidates and clients is far more important. The advice and support I can provide will also differentiate me form the competition in the long run.”
Why TS Grale?
“I bought into the vision and growth plans immediately. TS Grale gives me the platform to grow my career at a pace unseen in other businesses. Being surrounded by and working closely with individuals that are regarded as leaders within the industry is an opportunity I couldn’t ignore.”
Thank you Ashley for your insights and welcome on board!