Shona Paterson
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Shona Paterson


About Shona

I’m Shona. I am Director of Talent within Shirley Parsons and am responsible for our HSEQ talent tool MAPP (Motivations, Aspirations, Personality and Progression). I love working with people and get great satisfaction in playing a part in someone’s career journey. I started working with Shirley in 2003, straight out of university. I had no recruitment experience, but having just completed a degree in IT, I knew that I didn’t want that to be my career of choice and wanted to work with people, recruitment seemed to fit that ambition. I have been lucky enough to progress my career within the same business and have seen the business evolve and grow in that time. We have come a long way since we were in a small office in Aylesbury. I have been involved in numerous projects over the years including attracting talent into the sector, managing our own internal recruitment and training, hosting webinars, organising events and most recently in the development of our unique talent tool.

As well as achieving my career ambitions, I am also a Mum to two boys. I consider myself lucky to be able to balance my career with also being a Mum and although sometimes this is challenging, Shirley Parsons have always supported me in this. I am a social being and enjoy socialising, especially if it involves red wine! I enjoy spending time with my children, (unless we are in a lockdown, not so keen on home schooling) and wider family.