Sian Havard

Sian Havard
  1. Tell us who you are!

    A Queensland University of Technology graduate, I launched my HR career at the Brisbane, Australia corporate headquarters of global mining companies Rio Tinto and Anglo American, where I ran the national scholarship and graduate programmes –which involved working with Australian and international universities to hire the world’s best engineering and commercial graduate talent. After swapping hard hats and mine sites for London, I developed my HR skills in the management consulting, not-for-profit, investment banking, startup and technology sectors, and have over ten years’ experience recruiting high calibre talent at organisations including Google and Facebook and award-winning UK based tech startup Unruly. I’ve worked across EMEA, APAC and the USA and have recently returned to Australia to start the next stage of my journey which involves working with Australia’s burgeoning tech startup scene – which is a really exciting place to be right now.

  2. What does “Social Capital” mean to you?

    A global network of trusted social connections who are willing to support each other to grow and develop.

  3. What makes you successful in life/current job?

    I had a solid grounding in retail growing up, working at fast food, luggage, then clothing stores in a small town then a city during high school and university. These early working years taught me skills like delivering on commitments, exceptional client service, resolving complex situations alone or with others, project management, having flexibility to changing demands, how the sales cycle worked, working towards goals and targets, attention to detail, and how an effective team works together to deliver results and good managers lead by example. These are invaluable skills I’ve been able to transfer to all work environments I’ve found myself in since.

  4. What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?

    Moving to London three months after the Global Financial Crisis started in 2008. At that time companies were generally not looking to expand, so I gave myself three months to get a job or return to Australia. 12 weeks after arriving I managed to secure my first interview and role, assisting a small HR team at a City of London based global management consulting firm with their day to day HR activities and their graduate recruitment programme. I didn’t know anyone in London, and ended up having a wonderful experience there for eight years, working at a wide range of companies on diverse work projects, meeting many new global colleagues and making friends from all walks of life. I also got to travel to incredible places I’d never imagined seeing, and started running for the first time – completing the Paris, Berlin and London marathons. Running teaches you much more about yourself then just that you can run – it’s to do with self-belief, discipline and not giving up – which are things you can carry into all aspects of your life and I’m incredibly thankful to have discovered it.

  5. What can you offer your 1World Mentee?

    Specifically – the ability to effectively market themselves, their skills and experience to local or global organisations to maximise their chances of getting a great job, and advise them/put together a clear plan of what steps they could take to get to that stage if they’re not there yet. Beyond that – I’d like to help instill in them the ability to believe in themselves and have the courage to put themselves forward, and create their own opportunities throughout their career.

  6. What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?

    Someone eager to learn – about new industries, approaches, roles, possibilities and who is willing to take a few risks to help themselves grow and veer “off path” from time to time to get there. It’s ok to think outside the box when it comes to how their career will progress – their path is their path alone!

  7. Do you believe there is a glass ceiling for young female professionals? If yes, how can we break it?

    There has been female leadership in all of the companies I’ve worked at, which is something I’m very thankful for. I’ve also worked at some of the most innovative companies in the world, which are leading the way on their diversity initiatives and working very hard to smash whatever glass ceilings still exist for women at work. There is certainly a lot of work still to be done, particularly at the secondary/high school level, to encourage more women to enter/study what have been traditionally male-dominated sectors, and for these sectors to understand the importance of a diverse workplace and thus encourage this.