At the end of each financial year, Public Sector People like to come together to not only celebrate the company's wins but to recognise the individual achievements and high performance of team members. This is done through hosting our annual End of Financial Year awards, which celebrate the achievements of those who go above and beyond within their roles.
While the last financial year has posed many hurdles, the Public Sector Team has not only risen to each challenge but achieved significant milestones. A great example of this is consultant Bryony Reid. Her consistently strong performance and dedication to her clients and candidates has made her a finalist in not one but two Recruiter Insider Service Excellence Experience awards and helped her maintain a candidate feedback score of 96+ between April 2020 - June 2021. Each achievement is equally significant on its own but the fact that Bryony has achieved all three within the same year, speaks to the level of knowledge she has within her industry and the level of care she demonstrates to her key stakeholders. This is also why she was awarded the Public Sector People Director's Choice awards at this year's annual EOFY awards.
The Director’s Choice award - an award decided on by the Director and Managing director of PSP as well as the leadership team - is given to the team member whose commitment and dedication to their team, clients, candidates as well as the overall company, has stood out to the leadership team. We caught up with Bryony this week so she could share her thoughts on winning the award for 2021 and her goals looking forward:
How long have you been working at Public Sector People and what first drew you to the company?
I'll have worked at Public Sector People for three years in September. The culture, the opportunities for career progression and the ability employees have to work how they need to work in order to achieve results, all attracted me to PSP. Meeting the managing directors Tom and Andy, also gave me great confidence in the business and the fact that they introduced me to the team influenced my decision further.
What does Prioritising People mean to you? And how do you think this can be best demonstrated within recruitment?
To me, prioritising people means listening and understanding people's needs, desires and goals. When it comes to recruitment, you shouldn't be seeing people as a number or a target to hit, but you should take the time to invest in them as individuals.
Recruitment is a very changeable industry; while there are many highs there can be moments of frustration when variables change last minute. Do you have any coping mechanisms that help you when you feel discouraged?
Whenever I face challenges, I try and remind myself of who I am helping and why I am helping them. As a recruiter, it is important to remember we are only human and can only do so much.
"Bryony is a true representation of what our business strives to be. She puts doing the right thing by her clients and candidates as the number 1 priority in everything she does and never waivers from this. We have bounced back strongly from the initial shock of COVID to the employment market because of the amazing team we have at PSP. This year's awards were one of the hardest to pick to date and this speaks to the amazing team we have but also to what Bryony has achieved through the year. Bryony, we are very thankful for all you have done to support PSP over the last 12 months and are delighted to recognise your hard work with the directors choice award."
Tom Dumper - Managing Director
What’s your favourite part about recruiting within the Public Sector/HR/Finance?
My favourite part of recruiting within the public sector is the people I work with and work for. Recruitment is all about people and having the support around you from your team is the biggest win. I enjoy HR and Finance due to the diversity in roles and the levels in which I work across. The people I am lucky enough to work with as candidates and clients are so insightful that I feel like my learning never stops.
What motivates you in your job?
The People (colleagues, candidates and clients). Being part of the PSP team is the biggest motivator as the people I work with are intelligent, encouraging and always so supportive, which I believe reflect in my work as a recruiter.
What does career success look like to you?
You know you've been successful in your role as a recruiter when you see people happy in their work, or when you know you've fulfilled clients requirements not just based on skills but cultural fit. I think success is also reflected in the vast connections you're able to make across the industry. I hope to one day be able to manage my own team and be able to share the portfolio in which I work on.
What does winning the Director’s Choice award mean to you?
It came as a shock, but I am over the moon! It is the BEST feeling to be recognised for the work you do and cements further the support I get from Public Sector People. Tom has been so supportive and encouraging since I have started and has helped me to get to where I am now.
Looking forward, what are your goals heading into the new financial year?
When returning from maternity leave, my goal is to continue helping people get into work and to develop my own network. I would like to see growth in the sectors (HR & Finance) and clients I work for in order to continue helping others.
To find out more about the current opportunities Bryony is working on within the public sector - particularly within the HR & finance space, you can contact her at:
0481 708 966