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Sanctuary International: Meet the team

By Lee Emmett

Since 2018, the International division of Sanctuary Personnel has been working hard to support overseas health and social care candidates who want to relocate to the UK. The team believe that hiring globally brings a wealth of skills and knowledge that only enhances the first-rate care people receive here. But they go above and beyond just recruitment; they’re passionate about finding people their ideal roles at the NHS and UK councils, and making the relocation experience as smooth as possible.

Here, you can get to know the team, who have a plethora of experience and enthusiasm for the work they do.

Lee Emmett, Director

What’s a typical day like?

I wake up at 6:00am and after a strong coffee and do a bit of cycling. I’m usually in the office for 8:30am ready for my next coffee! I then prioritise my day, go through emails and catch-up with the team. I work through tasks including operational and business development, client enquiries and updates. I’m spending a lot of time working on the launch of our new software platform – more information coming soon!

Once I get home it’s dinner and unwinding with the family before an early night. I try to do something social at least once a week in the evenings. Weekends are spent with my two boys.

Which values drive you?

Integrity and honesty are key to being successful at anything, whether it’s business or relationships. These are qualities that aren’t regarded as highly as they used to be, which is a shame. Finally, resilience and being grateful – hugely important.

What’s your favourite book?

It changes by the hour. I’m really enjoying ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, which is my favourite book by Ernest Hemingway.

Paul Hayward, Head of Nursing

What’s your background?

I joined Sanctuary Personnel in 2012 and worked my way up to become Manager of the Allied Health Professionals (AHP) team before moving to the International division in 2018 as Head of Nursing.

I enjoy helping nurses achieve their dreams of working in the UK, supporting them to change theirs and their families’ lives.

What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?

Be honest with yourself and others will be honest with you in return.

Dan Halls, Head of Social Work and AHP

What was your first ever experience of sales?

I grew up in Ipswich and when I was around 13 years old, I had the idea to start knocking on doors in my local area, offering to wash cars. I charged £5 per car and made a little business out of it. The experience taught me about hard work and delivering a good service. I’ve worked in sales ever since!

Which three items would you take with you to a deserted island, and why?

Firstly, I would take a photo of my wife, daughter and two dogs, Ron and Reg, to give me hope. I would also bring an axe; handy for all jobs I assume there are on an island? A logical choice! Finally, I’d take a magnifying glass with me to create fire.

Keith Pilkington, Operations Manager

What do you like most about your job?

I like helping and supporting candidates to achieve their goal of working in the UK as a nurse. Placing them in roles here also helps the NHS, which means it can maintain the excellent standards set to provide the best health care possible to UK patients.

Which values do you admire most in people?

There are a few: honesty, passion, being caring and happy, and commitment.

Louis Holley, Software Manager

What’s your background?

I was born in Ipswich and studied Computer Science at the University of Bristol for four years. I then decided to move to London and worked for an NHS Innovation start-up company.

The best thing about this role is…?

I like the consistent, novel challenges that arise because it forces you to come up with creative solutions. And then you can say, ‘I’m a creative’!

What’s your favourite film?

David Lynch’s ‘Mulholland Drive’.

Amy Bramwell, Marketing Account Manager

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I like the excitement of reaching out to new and existing candidates and sharing information about what we do and why we do it. There’s a lot of variety too; from one day to the next I could be writing a blog, measuring social media engagement, creating web content and compiling information for a branded presentation.

What’s your favourite film?

‘Little Miss Sunshine’. I never get tired of it! The characters are warm and funny, and it’s just one of those simple yet brilliant movies that leaves you feeling a little happier then when you first sat down to watch it.

Luke Johnson, Candidate Generation Manager

What’s a normal day like for you in the office?

I deal with queries via Skype, and guide candidates through the steps to becoming a nurse here in the UK. I also liaise regularly with the Global Learners Programme (GLP) – one of our biggest contracts – to arrange interview dates for our candidates.

Which three items would you take to a deserted island, and why?

A bottle of water, for obvious reasons! Also, a blanket to keep warm and finally an inflatable raft with oars so I can get out of there.

Esa Miah, Resourcer

Which value drives you the most?

Trust; if you give people your word to help them you must follow it through. It makes you work harder, plus you want to go that extra mile to complete the task.

What do you enjoy most about working in the International office?

The team of people I work with are warm and very welcoming. Everyone works really hard, but we also have a great laugh together.

What job would you be terrible at?

A lifeguard because I can’t swim!

Rochelle Scoulding, International Nurse Resourcer

What do you like most about your job?

I work with a great team of people! I also enjoy having clear responsibilities and helping candidates from different parts of the world.

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

Which values do you admire the most?

Embracing diversity, personal growth and being respectful of others.

To speak to the team about their current vacancies, or if you’re an organisation seeking support with your international recruitment needs, get in touch today.