Meet the Team: Lucy Baily
Hey Lucy, could you tell us a little about what your role is here at Speakers Corner?
So, I’ve worked in the Account Management team since I joined just over 4 years ago which means I’m one of the first people a client will speak to when they’re interested in hiring a speaker. Our team works directly with and on-behalf of the client to get them the best speaker for their event and manage that relationship right through.
You’ve recently taken up the responsibility of Head of Account Management, how are you finding the new position?
It’s great. The team certainly don’t need much hands-on management if any, but I’ve really enjoyed being involved in some of the wider strategy meetings for the company, and also helping recruit and train some of the new members of our team.
Best speaker you’ve seen so far?
I can’t decide on just one. My favourites are definitely Tim Harford , John Amaechi , Lewis Pugh , Benjamin Zander , Stella Rimington , and Deborah Frances-White – I also love Sara Pascoe, although she’s more of a comedian than a speaker. If I really had to pick one, I’d go with John Amaechi as he’s really made an impact on me and the way I’m behaving day-to-day since hearing him speak.
One of Lucy's favourite speaker, John Amaechi.
As a religious listener of Desert Island Discs, what 3 records would you take to your desert island?
All Beach Boys. The Beach Boys back catalogue. My favourites are Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) and Don’t Worry Baby. And I also like Good Vibrations because who doesn’t? I apparently like The Beach Boys so much that I actually named my cats after Brian and Dennis Wilson - this makes me sound so much more obsessed than I am... In actuality, I'm not really much of a music lover and I prefer listening to podcasts.
You’re the project lead for our annual Comedy Collective event – how did that come about?
I’ve always loved live comedy and noticed that wasn’t an area we were offering to our clients. Everyone likes a night out and a laugh, so felt it was a no-brainer to put on an event showcasing amazing comedians.
Who are your favourite comedians?
All my favourite comedians aren’t really appropriate for a corporate audience, but my favourite corporate comedians are Ian Stone and Sara Pascoe.
We read on your bio that you like to engage in experimental cooking! What’s the most random dish you’ve created (and how did it taste)?
I’m probably more of an experimental baker than cook – I love to bake.
What’s your favourite thing to bake?
Definitely cakes. All different types of cake, despite the fact I’m not actually a huge fan of eating cakes – I usually end up giving them to friends or bring them into the office.
And for that, we thank you.
When you’re not dreaming of a desert island what else do you get up to in your spare time?
I really like to dance, and I go to a Latin dance group every week. I would say I’m average-to-poor, but I’m not the one who has to watch myself do it, so I don’t mind. I just feel sorry for the people watching.
I’m sure it’s not as bad as you think – perhaps you can give us all a lesson some time!
Thanks for speaking with us Lucy.
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