Laurie Rainforth

Laurie Rainforth

What experience and expertise do you bring to your role?

After 12 years of working across industries and geographies I have seen the difference between high performing leadership teams and the rest, and with the team I have gathered the data which helps to explains why.

What are your thoughts on the future of your sector? 

As companies are increasingly having to do more with less, truly understanding the talent you need, the talent you have and how you close the gap through making well-informed placement and development decisions will be critical. Companies cannot afford (quite literally) to take a chance on talent, which means that data is critical to getting the best out of people and driving performance.

What do you enjoy outside of work? Any hobbies? 

Being outdoors or in a place with good food and wine!

What’s your top three podcasts/books? 

I’m a podcast person.. so…

How I built this with Guy Raz
A bit of optimism with Simon Sinek
Masters of scale with Raid Hoffman



What’s your go-to productivity trick? 

Close off all my emails, IM etc, and time-box what I have to do into half an hour goals, so I ‘feel’ the pressure of getting it done within the overall time I have set aside.

How do you prefer to start your day? 

Having breakfast with my kids. Their energy and zest for life is unbelievable! Plus, the first cup of tea of the day always tastes so good.

What was your first job? 

Post-uni, it was within Harrods Recruitment Team assessing Temporary Christmas candidates. On my first day I called 12 Father Christmas’ (two were called Cyril) to see if they’d be interested in returning to the job, and shadowed my colleague at an assessment centre for Elves that would be working in the Grotto. It was a memorable first day at work!

What’s the best advice you were ever given? 

If you actually care about someone, give them the feedback they need to hear.