Women in Leadership at Brook Street

Career advice

To mark International Women's Day we speak to Permanent Team Leader, Jamie Cowman about her experience at Brook Street.

Brook Street came to be because of the commitment and ambition of one woman. Margery Hurst, a single mother in the 1940’s set out to deliver a quality recruitment service and talented temps to businesses across London. Over 70 years on, Margery still remains an inspiration to Brook Street and the way we work. Empowering women within our organisation has long been ingrained in Brook Street’s make-up. Today, to mark International Women’s Day we speak to Brook Street’s Jamie Cowman, Perm Team Leader, in Bradford about her time at Brook Street and how she continues to drive Margery’s vision 70 years on.

When did you join Brook Street and how did you progress your career within the business?

I joined Brook Street in January 2016 as a Temporary controller and after 12 months the opportunity arose to become a Permanent Consultant. After successfully finishing as the top performing Permanent Consultant within Brook Street in December 2018, with the support of my managers and colleagues, I became a Permanent Team Leader, managing a team of top performing consultants within the West Yorkshire area.

What has been your main highlight at Brook Street?

It would have to be winning Branch of the Year two years in a row, coupled with being the top performing commercial Permanent Consultant in 2018. I love what I do and I love the recognition we receive within Brook Street,  for all the hard work and effort we put in.

How has Margery’s vision shaped the way you work?

Margery’s vision of delivering a quality service to suit the needs of our clients and candidates is still just as important today as it was when she founded Brook Street in 1946. For me if you really listen to your client’s requirements, coupled with the needs of your candidates, you should always be able to place the right person within the right company!

What are your tips for people wanting to progress within the recruitment industry?

Recruitment is about dedication, resilience and perseverance. It’s a very challenging industry, but if you can stay persistent, upbeat and passionate about the main aim, which is ultimately having a positive impact on a candidates life, you’ll see great results personally and professionally! That feeling and buzz you get when you offer a candidate a role is second to none, for me it’s not about the monetary gain, it’s about hearing how excited that candidate is about being offered the job!


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