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10 Things You Didn't Know About: Mandy Eddolls - HR Engagement Director

Posted by Claire Stradling

Mandy Eddolls is the Interim HR Engagement Director at the University of Warwick.  She is an expert on developing People & Organisation strategy to effect major transformational change and drive performance and engagement, has a wide experience of stakeholder engagement and a broad range of experience in different sectors. 

1. What three traits define you?

 Resilience, pragmatism and humour

2. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I once had a summer job in a company that organised artificial insemination for dairy cattle herds.  I hasten to add that I had a job in the office there!

3. How do you define success?

Doing the right thing, not the easy thing

4. If not HR, what would the dream be?

Gardener.  I love my garden and am happiest when I’m there.  As long as I have someone who can do all the heavy manual work for me! So maybe a supervisory gardening role

5. What is your personal philosophy? 

That life is awfully short, and we should grab all the opportunities that we can.

6. How do you start your day?

Grumpily.  I’m not very talkative in the morning and prefer to keep myself to myself for the first hour or so, listening to the radio or checking Twitter while drinking lots of coffee

7. What’s your favourite thing about working for your current company?

Higher Education is an endlessly fascinating sector – you get to meet some amazing people who really do change lives in the course of their work

8. What are the secrets to good leadership?

Humility, visibility and never forget that you’re part of a team as well as leading it

9. What is your favourite holiday destination and why?

Brittany – it’s diverse, great climate, great food and even better wine

10. If you were able to invite 4 people to dinner (alive or passed), who would you invite, and why?

 Alun Wyn Jones – as a proud Welsh woman, I’d like to say thank you to him for thumping the English at Rugby on Saturday, Alan Bennett because his wry observations on life, politics, love and class have been constant reading through my life, Cardinal Wolsey – history presents him as a deeply paradoxical man – greedy and abstemious, philanthropist and self-serving, chaste and yet over indulgent – I’d like to see for myself and Vic Reeves because he’s funny, strange and very talented. 

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