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Kelsy Fenton

HR Administrator (Assoc. CIPD), London UK

Speak Up! Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind or ask for what you want.

 

Tell me about yourself and family in two or three lines

I come from a strong (Fenton) matriline. Who I am and what I have achieved is because of them.  Paired with their support, they taught me how to be independent, the true meaning of hard work and to put God at the forefront of everything I do.

What activities would make you lose track of time
Either reading a book or listening to one of my favourite artists (H.E.R. or Nao)

Who are you inspired by
I am most inspired by my cousin Alison.

She embodies the true definition of grace & intelligence.

Although 3000 miles away, she’s my study coach and she gives the best advice when it comes to navigating through the corporate world.

Where is your favourite place in the world you have travelled to and why
Second to Montserrat; My favourite place in the world is Barcelona! It offers a unique blend of Catalan Culture, distinctive architecture (such as La Sagrada Familia) and some of the best snorkelling and kayaking spots in Costa Brava.

What’s your favourite app at the moment
I love music! So my favourite app (for the past 4-5 years) is Spotify. I think their ‘Discover Weekly’ algorithm works in my favour in terms of suggesting new music based on the artists/genres that I listen to the most.

How did you get into the current job position you hold.
I’ve recently been offered a role working in the HR department for one the world’s top Real Estate and Investment firms. I always KNEW that I would work for this particular company once I completed my degree.

Four years prior, I met one of their senior managers who thought I would be a good fit for the company based on my Focus, Drive and determination along with my ability to produce results.

What do you love about your role?
I love that fact that it is an extremely fast paced environment where no two days are the same. I could be dealing with payroll today, and grievance cases the next.

Do you have any career tips for anyone looking to come into your field of work?
For persons looking to branch into HR, paired with the right qualifications they need to understand that an inherent duty of this field is to be able to maintain a rapport with individuals from a wide variety of professional positions and diverse backgrounds, along with having a strong sense of ethics and conflict management skills.

What motivates you?
I love learning new things which is why I love being in a collaborative environment. For every project I encounter, we have several different ideas and ways to tackle it.

We would all work together to refine those into one final plan. Being open to what others have to say and seeing new and exciting ways others would think outside the box not only kept me interested in the work I was doing, but drove me to further my own education outside of work so I could continue to contribute to the group overall.

What was your biggest challenge in the last 5 years?
My biggest challenge in the last five years was working 25hrs+ per week while still attending university full time.

I had extremely long days whereby I go to uni for 9am and then head straight to work right after lectures until 8pm every day.

It was hard to balance the two while meeting my deadlines.

What is the one thing that people often get wrong about you?
The biggest misconception about me is that I am ‘stand-offish’ especially in social settings, which is really far from the truth.

5 times out of 10 I’m not wearing my glasses, so I can’t see who you are from far. The rest of the time, I like to observe and gauge my surroundings before opening up to people.

Once the ice is broken, I’m very chatty & friendly.

What was the last book you read or last series you watched and would recommend.
The last series I watched/completed is ‘Scandal’. If you like creativity, originality and drama with a bit of suspense I would recommend watching it!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received and use often.
I am a big advocate for gender equality especially within the workplace and the BEST piece of advice I received from a previous manager was

‘Speak up! Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind or ask for what you want.

Too often, we women have a confidence gap that makes us pause and slow down while men dive in and learn as they go. Just go for it!”

Tell me the one thing you would say to your 16 year old self
Slow Down, don’t be too eager to grow up and STOP caring about what people think, they’re opinions don’t matter.

What is your best tip to cope with stress and anxiety?
I love making to do lists! If not, I find myself going around in circles and not accomplishing anything, which worsens my anxiety.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Personally, I see myself owning my first apartment. Professionally? As a Senior Employee Relations Manager. Maybe married and children but I’m not so fussed on those two things right now…there’s no rush.

When was the last time you went to Montserrat
St. Patricks 2019

What do you look forward to most when thinking about going to Montserrat?
Firstly, my family!! After that (and in no particular order), the food (goat water & potato pudding), the ability to go to the beach WHENEVER I want.

 

What is one of your best memories about Montserrat?
Being able to get to and from work in 15-20 mins. The little things we take for granted!

What one thing would you do to enhance life in Montserrat?
Build more affordable housing for the less fortunate and create new job opportunities by way of promoting & improving the tourism sector and the export of natural resources or local products.

How would you describe Montserrat in general?
One word… TRANQUIL

Tell me about a time you got into trouble as a child
I lived 15 minutes away (by foot) from my primary school and it took my friend and I more than 2 hours to get home because we were trying to pick some mangoes from a tree just off the foot path…

not only were my school clothes RUINED but the fact that I was ‘missing’ for that length of time resulted in me receiving ‘licks’ I WOULD NEVER FORGET!!

Rendezvous or Isle’s Bay
Rendezvous…privacy

Christmas or St Patrick’s
St. Patrick’s

Mountain Chicken or Fowl Foot
NEITHER!!!!!!! *ew*

If I say, North, East, South or Town where you representing
TOWN!

If you were the Premier of Montserrat what’s the first thing you would do.
I would firstly require my ministers to have a minimum degree qualification or Strong experience preferably in science discipline, like engineering, natural sciences, business and commerce.

So called “political scientists” and those with “humanities” degrees are not scientists. They are not trained to solve problems, they are trained to debate, so they are naturally ill-equipped to solve the country’s problems.

A great leader possesses a clear vision, is courageous, and has integrity, honesty, humility and clear focus. Great leaders help people reach their goals, are not afraid to hire people that might be better than them and take pride in the accomplishments of those they help along the way

Describe how Montserrat makes you feel in 3 words.

Untroubled….Relaxed…At Peace….

3 thoughts on “Kelsy Fenton

  1. I am so very proud of you Kelsy. I love your confidence, maturity and focus. Keep soaring and pray for God’s continued guidance. I love and enjoyed this interview

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