Lorraine Thomas

Lorraine Thomas -

Lorraine Thomas

Having joined Metzger in January 2007 to launch and build the interim division, Lorraine then moved to a broader development role across all sectors of the business, both permanent and interim, focusing on client acquisition, development and retention. Lorraine is now Managing Director, with responsibility for running the business. She works closely with the team, clients and candidates as well as developing Metzger’s future business strategy. She has a reputation as an accomplished communicator with strong commercial, negotiation and interpersonal skills. She is a consummate professional …. yet she always retains a personable and approachable manner that makes her both a strong team leader and player. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, a Member of the Institute of Directors, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

What did life hold for you before Metzger?

My background is in B2B sales where I gained extensive experience of managing major client contracts and tender campaigns within the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally. My roles have included Director-National Accounts with Office Depot, National Contracts Director for Guilbert UK and General Manager for Niceday. Throughout my career, I have held responsibility for the recruitment, management and development of large teams

Can you name one person who has really inspired you and why?

Richard Branson – he’s ambitious, slightly unconventional, prepared to take risks, thinks it’s ok to have a sense of humour in the workplace and is constantly looking for better and different ways of doing things.

What values do you look for in a candidate?

Professionalism, capable of listening, and the ability to give specific relevant examples as answers to questions; also someone who has great self-awareness and humility.

What would be your best career advice?

Treat finding a job as a job!

Tell me something that no one knows about you?

Not many people know that I am studying for my Private Pilots Licence to fly light aircraft and have just completed by first solo flight – scary but exhilarating. Also, I own 3 horses, two from a rescue centre, 26 sheep and a 3 cats – so you could say that I’m an animal lover ……

And finally, what is your burning ambition?

I would love to be able to fly myself across the channel - from White Waltham to Limoges!

 
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