Spotlight on Geoff Baines

19 Jul 2013

Hi Geoff, let’s start with work; what does a ‘normal’ day constitute for you?

Well the weather is so good at the minute I’m cycling in to the office pretty much daily, so first order of the day is shower and get dressed! Then perhaps a slice of toast or some cereal at my desk whilst going through new emails. The remainder of my day is spent in meetings, on the phone or writing more emails, interspersed with the odd networking event.

How long have you been with the company? How did you get started?

It will be two years in August, feels so much longer, in a good way! It just really feels like home now. I worked for another Legal recruitment business before moving to Jepson Holt and although I enjoyed the work, I knew about the specialised, boutique service Jepson Holt is known for and after doing some research was impressed with what I saw. I contacted them with my CV, met Directors and could tell I would fit in well. The rest, as they say, is history.

When you were a child, what job did you want to do?

Growing up, music was the biggest influence in my life. I play the trumpet and guess I always imagined I would make a career of it one day. I’m also interested in science and grew up in a medical family which was another big influence so I also flirted with the idea of being a doctor, and what young lad doesn’t want to be a footballer?!

Work in silence or with music, background chatter and noise?

Music, definitely. It helps me concentrate. In practice though we have the noise of the air-con and people on the phone.

What’s been your greatest moment working here so far?

Placing my first partner. With complicated negotiations and lengthy notice periods for recruitment at this level, it felt like a great achievement and gave me invaluable experience to build on.

Great! What’s your drink of choice while you’re working?

Coffee, and lots of it!

And when you’re not working?

All sorts really. I like my strong beers, red wine and dark rums.

Nice. Name the best place you’ve ever visited.

I took part in Barbados’ annual jazz festival a few years ago. The place is great, beautiful beaches, amazing people, but you can’t beat Tuscany. Siena is absolutely stunning!

And how about the place that’s currently top of your ‘to visit’ list?

I have never been to Asia or South America, so probably somewhere like Cambodia or Vietnam.

If you have the choice between staying in and going out, which do you normally choose and what do you normally do?

I do like going out, and even if I don’t have plans to go out, that normally ends up as the result. But equally you can’t put a price on a lazy weekend.

What’s the one talent you have that people in your office are unaware of?

I am good at turning the taps on and off with my toes.

What would your ‘Desert Island’ disc, film and book be?

Disc: Leftism by Leftfield

Film: It’s got to be either Shawshank, or Scarface. Both epics!

Book: Game of Thrones (perhaps predictable at the moment, but seriously the best thing I’ve ever read!)

Do you prepare well in advance or are you a ‘last minute’ person?

Very much last minute. Despite my best intentions to prepare in advance.

Who’d play you in the film of your life?

That’s a tricky one.. Jamie Foxx? He’s quite cool.

Car windows down or air conditioning on?

Car windows down. Better yet, convertible.

DIY or call an expert?

Neither? I like to think I can do it myself so would never call an expert. I then never actually get around to doing it.

If you had to compete at the Olympics, in any event, real or fake, what would you choose?

Cycling – I love it. Just wish I had more time to do it!

Do you ‘do’ Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? Are they useful?

Social media is essential in today’s world. I’d be lost without it both in and out of work.

Physical book or e-book? Do you still buy a paper? Which one?

Both have their places, but I don’t own a kindle and really like the feel of a paper book. I flit between the Times and the ‘I’.

On a scale of 1-10, 1 being ‘not at all’, how clued up on technology do you feel you are?

A healthy 7.