My name is Emma Tanner and I act younger than I actually am! I am the owner of Agena Recruitment Services Ltd. A boutique recruitment company, based in old town Aylesbury.
How did you get to where you are today?
To be completely honest I’m not sure I got on a path that took me here. It has taken a lot of hard work, determination, and a sense of humour.
What do you love most about your job?
The best thing about my job is that I get to speak to a variety of characters; from MD’s of blue chip companies to a general labourer on a building site. Along with the “thanks” that I can receive from both candidates and clients when the they are both enjoying working with each other.
What challenges do you face as woman in you industry?
I work in a predominately male industry and being female has it pros and cons. Up until recently I had bleach blonde hair and had a look of Barbie, I now have brown hair with still a look of Barbie. When I initially meet with some clients I can see that they are thinking what does this Barbie know about the Utilities market? I love the look on their face when I am actually more knowledgeable than them!!
How do you get work/life balance?
This is something in the past that I have struggled with and still find it hard to switch off. In today’s world with email access on your phone it seems to be impossible to ever completely switch off. I have made a rule that I only check my emails once a day at the weekend and leave my Blackberry at home!
How do you relax from work?
I love spending time with family and friends and go to as many festivals as possible. I probably indulge in too much Vodka too!
Where is your favourite location to shop?
I am not a labels type of girl. I believe if it looks good it shouldn’t matter how much it cost. I am a high street girl and love Topshop.
Who’s your favourite designer & why?
If I had to pick a favourite designer it would be Roberto Cavalli, I like the cut of his dresses and the beautiful colours of the materials.
What place have you travelled to that you think every woman should go to & why?
This was a hard one, as there are three places I believe that every women should travel to Ibiza, Barcelona and Las Vegas. I will go with Barcelona, there is sooo much people watching to be done there, with huge personalities and passionate Spanish conversing it makes great viewing. The architecture there blew me away along with amazing Tapas. Spanish women for me are absolutely stunning and the style there is exactly to my taste classy but laid back.
What three things could you not live without?
- My MAC makeup!!
- My GHD’s
- Oil of Olay Multi Radiance Fluid.
What special purchase have you recently made?
I treated myself to these, they are ridiculously high but I think they are beautiful!!