2 Minutes with Gayle Shepherd

Gayle Shepherd, director of people and technology at the SECC on facing challenges with a smile, Jamie Oliver and green tea.

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How did you get into the events industry?


My career had always been within the house building/construction industry, and when the financial crash happened, my head was turned with the opportunity to be a part of the construction of the Hydro.


Favourite thing about events?


The variety. I’m one of the lucky ones, I work across every sector.


What will you bring to the new role?


Passion, I’m incredibly determined to make the SECC a fantastic place to work and one where our staff are proud of the values. I also want every team member to have the opportunity to develop themselves to be the best.


What have you done in the first month in the job?


Talk a lot. I will present ‘The People Strategy’ personally to over 200 people.


First and last jobs of the day?


First job of the day is always to make a cup of tea, and the last job is usually the team perched on my couch telling me about their day.


What’s on your desk?


My phone, remote control for the TV, The People Strategy, salt, The Herald (only because my picture’s in it) and some finance paperwork because I still have a few things to hand over from my old job.


How do you intend to face the challenges in the industry?


I face most challenges with a smile, it’s important to talk things through and understand all perspectives; this approach usually resolves most situations.


Biggest frustration?


The phrase: “That’s the way we have always done it”.


Best piece of advice?


Be careful who you trust.


Funniest work moment?


After a challenging year-end timescale we turned to the office dare calendar for some light relief. I dared a young colleague to empty a small cupboard and get in it without telling anyone what he was doing. However we hadn’t planned on the finance director holding a meeting with external directors and were caught in the act. He just shook his head and said: “This is nothing unusual for them”.


Who is the individual you most admire?

 

Jamie Oliver. Fantastic brand, product, ethos, values and a family man.


The last film you watched?


Alvin and the Chipmunks.


At EN HQ, we take our coffee very seriously - how do you take your coffee?


Green tea all the way.

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