Amy Luke works within BIE’s CFO and Financial Leadership practice. We caught up with Amy to learn more about her professional journey, her onboarding experience at BIE and what famous person she’d like to be for a day!

What’s your greatest source of job satisfaction? 

It’s when I know I’ve done a really good job and the client and candidate are both really pleased.  I know that sounds a bit of a cliché, but it’s true.  I’m just a bit of a girly swot (hence my nickname of Hermione) and I hate letting anyone down.

What’s the secret of your career success?

To be honest, I don’t feel that successful in comparison to everyone I meet and what they have achieved with their careers! In Executive Search, we are in a very privileged position of helping talented leaders to meet their career goals – we have networks and insight which we can use to support people. If your focus is to help people and deliver on your promises, I don’t think you can go far wrong.

What are your career highlights and what achievements are you most proud of?

It would be the networks and programmes that I have built in the past to help emerging diverse talent.  I’m stunned at the quality of speakers who volunteered their time to share their leadership journey and inspire the next generation.  As a result of building these programmes I have got to hear from these business leaders too which I find hugely motivating. 

Delivering searches is also hugely rewarding.  It’s amazing how interested you can get in different businesses.  I’ve worked with some really big brand names and felt really proud that they have trusted me with their search, similarly I love dealing with the smaller SMEs and helping the executives who really have skin in the game.  The sector is irrelevant, I am always interested in what makes a business tick and how the person they want me to find for them will make an impact.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard/been given? 

Be kind and treat everyone with respect.

What top tip would you give to people looking to move up in their career? 

Make sure you invest in building a platform for success, which includes acquiring the right skills, experiences and network.  If you do that the promotions will come. 

How would you sum up the BIE culture? 

Everyone is a good egg – there are no bad apples.  I’ve been so impressed with the values of the firm, genuine collaboration and desire to work together to deliver exceptional outcomes.  The values are deeply entrenched, and it translates into good behaviours and strong relationships both in the firm and with our clients.   

Describe your experience as a new joiner to BIE

The onboarding was well thought out and executed. From the tech arriving in time and being easy to set up, through to my meetings being arranged so I got to know everyone quickly.  Week one included our awayday, so I also found myself orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing and Morris dancing on day four.  It was a great way to get to know the team. 

Name one unusual fact about yourself

I have surfed in crocodile infested waters (full disclosure - I didn’t realise that at the time or I would not have done it!)

If given a chance, who would you be for a day?  

Probably Mary Berry, she’s just such a lovely person, has great style, an aga and makes the perfect bakes.

Name one thing on your bucket list 

I’m fortunate to have been able to tick a lot of things off already as I took a year out.  I’d like to go back to Africa on safari with my husband Charlie. 

What fictional world or place would you like to visit and why? 

Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory because…isn’t it obvious?????

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