Meet the Natives: Megan Edwards, Head of People
Welcome to the second instalment of our ‘Meet the Natives’ series on the Net Natives blog. After we introduced you to our Head of SEO, Aires Loutsaris, we thought it was time to introduce you to a Net Natives veteran, Head of People, Megan Edwards. Megan is a Native through and through, having started at the company back in 2011. We took twenty minutes last week to have a catchup.
Hey Meg! This is quite bizarre, you carried out my interview back in October and now look at me; quizzing you for all the juicy details. So, you’ve been here since 2011, can you give me a potted history of your time as a Native?
Sure, I started in 2011 in an operations role (this was after I studied Psychology at the University of Sussex), back then there was only about 15 people working at Net Natives. My main responsibilities were HR, elements of finance and people management, my skillset was recognised by Steve and Don and they asked me to head up the department – so I became Head of Operations.
As the company grew, my interests developed and I realised that my passion lay with the HR and people side of the department. I have now moved to the role of Head of People, which is in alignment with my Masters qualification in Occupational Psychology.
How has the studying been going for you whist working full time?
It hasn’t been a problem at all. I always wanted to return to my studies at some point during my career, because I find Psychology fascinating. I’ve been given fantastic exposure to the world of Occupational Psychology in the my roles at Net Natives, it totally compliments what I do.
So, you’ve been in your latest Net Natives role, Head of People, for a few months now. Can you tell me a little bit about what the role entails?
It’s an exciting role and pretty much does what it says on the tin; looking after the people of Net Natives. This ranges from their well-being, health and safety and right through to personal development. I look after the training and development within the company, to ensure people are achieving their potential and building their career. We not only focus on our employees growth at Net Natives but also how we can support everyone to achieve their long term professional goals.
What is your proudest Net Natives achievement?
For me it’s probably the recruitment and development side of the job. I analyse all the CVs we get, conduct the first telephone interviews and make those all important recommendations to the heads of departments. It’s brilliant when you see someone doing so well and reaching their full potential in a role you hired them for.
As you’ve mentioned, you play a pivotal role in the recruitment process. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to become a Native?
Oh good question. I would say: be passionate about what we do, don’t be afraid to have a personality, be yourself and be proud of who you are.
Ok, now for a couple of more personal question as we draw this interview to a close. What do you get up to outside of work?
Between work and the books, I like to drink beer. I am also into running, I did a marathon a while back so I like to keep my eye in with that.
Thanks so much for your time Megan, one final question. If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Driven, passionate and considerate.