Meet Hayley Mayer

Hi Hayley! What’s in your mug?

Yorkshire tea- I don’t drink anything else from my cup!

So, what brought you to SG?

I’ve worked in the advertising/design industry since leaving college. I’ve been in various project/account management roles across a wide range of clients for a mix of large and small companies, from McCann Erickson with 300+ employees to much smaller companies with less than 10 people. Since having children, I’ve found it more and more difficult to find a work/life balance – three boys, a dog and a husband are very demanding! When my youngest started school, I decided enough was enough. For my sanity, it was time I looked for something less demanding, which would work around school hours and the many extra-curricular activities my children now do. It was the flexibility and the chance to use some of my experience which brought me to Smith Goodfellow.

What do you get up to as Team Administrator?

I’m here to support the team and make their lives easier in any way I can, as well as the normal day-to-day admin work, there’s the opportunity for me to vary my role and use some of my experience to assist in other areas. For example, I’ve been involved with the rollout of the new branding, helped to organise events and advised on ways to improve processes and procedures. I love to be kept busy so if there’s something to organise or a problem to be solved, I’m always ready to help.

We will definitely be keeping you busy! So, how do you find working in a smaller team compared to the larger ones you worked with before?

I prefer working in a smaller team. Whilst it’s good to get experience working for larger companies and learning their procedures and processes, I prefer the closeness and flexibility of a smaller team.

Describe yourself at work in three words

Flexible, Organised & Friendly

Describe yourself at home in three words

Fun, Harassed & Very Organised!

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Organising a holiday or activity, its what I love to do! Whether it be with friends or family, I love to travel and visit new places.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what do you think you’d be doing instead?

Event or wedding planning. With my love of organisation my friends are constantly telling me I’d be great at it and asking me for advice. Maybe in another life I could end up doing this!

Now we will be asking for advice too! Finally, what things you’ve learnt about office life?

You need a good sense of humour. Never be afraid to ask for help or ask questions. You can’t beat a good to do list. Enjoy your work.