IRP Award Winners 2014 – Yvonne Skingle

Find your passion and run with it! In this month’s Recruitment Matters Magazine Yvonne Skingle, one of last year’s IRP Winners, tells all! –The IRP Awards 2014 took place last year December, Recruitment Matters caught up with the winner to talk about winning an IRP Award and the benefits of winning an award has had on her career.

Yvonne Skingle IRP Award Winner Best Executive Search Consultant
Yvonne Skingle IRP Award Winner Best Executive Search Consultant

Name: Yvonne Skingle
Position:  Associate director
Company: Penna Recruitment
Winner of: Best Executive Search Consultant

Hard work does get recognised: I work in the public sector, which is going through reform right now. I find myself working with a lot of chief executives who are planning how their teams will be structured. It’s a lot of work, but the feedback has been really positive.

Winning was a surprise: I was quite surprised at the kind things people had said, and I feel appreciated and respected in the profession for what I do. It was a bit of a validation for me and for the industry – we really do things that add value to the client. The award made me realise that I have a client base that really appreciates what I do and the way in which I do it.

The kudos matters: Winning an IRP Award is a win for both you and your clients. It means you’re recognised in the industry, which has got to be good for anyone’s career. But when I saw the testimonials from my clients, I was humbled.

Public sector recruitment is in a state of flux: Clearly austerity and the way in which the public sector responds to cutbacks will be a big issue. I look at how organisations are modelled in terms of their service delivery for the future. It may mean more people will be working in the commercial sector or with police, fire and health in a way they haven’t before. Some senior managers we’re appointing have to be more focused on outcomes and commerciality. It’s a very interesting dynamic.

Find your passion and run with it: I’m passionate about what I do, and for me it’s about getting the top talent in local government in housing in particular and being able to see the impact of that on local communities. That’s what I love about what I do.

To see the full list of last year’s winners visit or visit the IRP Award Winners hall of fame 

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