Prospect Presents our Founder & London MD Colette. We asked her a few questions to get to know her a bit better ...

What was your first job?

My first job was when I was 14. I worked in the local greengrocers every Friday night after school and all weekend through to Sunday lunch time. Sometimes with a 4am trip to the market thrown in. I did that job every weekend until I was 18 and left to go to University. I can tell you a lot about varieties of apples and purple sprouting broccoli.

Who's your business or personal hero/heroine?

In all honestly, I don’t really have one. There are lots of people I admire and respect for all kinds of different achievements, be it personal or professional.

What's your greatest business achievement?

Starting Prospect with Emma. It’s quite hard leaving the security of being employed and knowing your pay check will land in your account each month. Having the belief that we were good at what we did and that we could go it alone; and then self-financing it at the same time as being sued by our previous employer – was all quite character building stuff. 

What can't you live without?

The obvious answer must be my two kids. Aside from them, it’s probably got to be coffee or my phone. Let’s go coffee. Definitely coffee.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

I think I am yet to discover my all-time favourite. But the essential ingredients have to be a lot of sun to lie in, water to swim in and prosecco to drown in.

What's the best piece of advice you could give someone?

Never apologise for how you feel. Your feelings are yours and you can’t help them, even if you’re not proud of them.

Name one person, dead or alive, that you'd like to have dinner with (and why)?

Henry VIII. He fascinates me. I love the fact that he was so energetic, charming, said to be cultured and well-read and had a few vices! I would love to interview him about the Tudor dynasty, the reformation of the church, Wolsey and hear all about those few wives he had. . . .

What was your worst mistake (and what did you learn)?

I’ve made a load of mistakes obviously. I think my biggest is around my formal education and realizing in the nick of time that if I was going to achieve, it was despite the system not because of it. If I could do it again, I would approach it so very differently, including the subjects of both my degrees. 

What's your favourite quote or motto?

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill


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