To achieve excellence, one must demonstrate unwavering perseverance and an unquenchable passion for their goals. Aspioneer respects these individuals as leaders and values what they have done to advance business in a variety of areas. One such leader is Madeleine Richards. She has established herself in the current tough recruiting market because of her exceptional personality and healthy competitiveness. She has been with Nicoll Curtin since 2016 and is currently the Group Head of Corporate Governance.
Madeleine demonstrated her compassion and desire to give back to the community by running her first marathon and raising more than £3,000 for Kidney Cancer Research. For her, this was a momentous occasion because her father had kidney cancer in 2021. Her propensity for giving predetermined tasks her all-out attention has helped her progress to the highest rank. She pushes herself to gauge her potential because of her competitive personality. She enjoys staying active and can’t sit around aimlessly without a task at hand.
For Madeleine, family comes first and has always served as a source of inspiration. She was surrounded by her hardworking parents at home from a young age, and they always pushed her to do her best. In her family, education has always been given the utmost priority and importance. She mentions that her father completed his degree when her siblings were young while working full-time. She and her siblings had perfect attendance records at school, and she can see how that has influenced her career. She also feels proud of her parent’s careers prior to their retirement. She is inspired by them and how they can work hard to achieve success and move up to senior roles. They taught her to be persistent and always desire to attain the next level in her career. “We have a running joke in our family about who is the most competitive. I bring this drive and determination to all aspects of my life,” highlights Madeleine.
Madeleine originally started at Nicoll Curtin as the Compliance and Customer Experience Leader. She talked about why she chose the company to begin the next stage of her career. The first was the interaction she had with her manager, which Madeleine thought was incredible. To this day, she still thinks that manager was great for her personal growth and learned a lot about management and professionalism. However, the company itself was another factor. “But I think the most important reason was the role and the potential growth,” adds Madeleine. “This has also been one of the main reasons I have stayed for six years.” She has been supported in her development and has created three brand-new roles within the business along the way. “A lot of this drive is from myself, but whenever I have wanted to step up, I have been encouraged.”
She received an award for Most Outstanding Contribution at the company’s annual awards evening in January 2023. “This was really special to me as it was nominated by leaders across the business,” says Madeleine. Her current role offers her an amazing opportunity to make some big changes that will positively impact the business and the lives of its customers. With her work on the company’s sustainability strategy, she hopes to spread positivity throughout the recruitment industry.