Our next 2015 BYPY finalist in the HR, recruitment and training category is Rachael Urwin from Wesleyan. A fan of San Diego, she travels back centuries to meet Queen Elizabeth I, waves bye bye to email and spends time with Birmingham export Emma Willis.
Name: Rachael Urwin
Job title: Talent Consultant
Company: Wesleyan Assurance Society
BYPY category: HR, Recruitment and Training
1) If you could go back in time and have one conversation with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you discuss?
There are so many. I would probably go back to speak with Queen Elizabeth I. Not only would it be fascinating to get to know such an iconic female figure and see the fineries of living at court in the 16th century, but I could make the most of her network and get to know a little more about Henry VIII and Shakespeare too.
2) Which single element of any city in the world that you have visited would you like to see transplanted into Birmingham?
I'm a huge fan of San Diego. It's a beautiful, diverse and compact city that really reminds me of Birmingham in that it's warm, friendly and down to Earth.
The harbour there is stunning and there are loads of great fitness and social events that take place alongside it. The weather wouldn't go amiss either.
3) Which technological innovation would you happily see consigned to history and what would you like to see invented which doesn't yet exist?
While I wouldn't necessarily want it consigned to history forever, email has a lot to be accountable for and could do with being given up one day a week.
There's a real danger people are starting to miss out on the interaction and engagement that goes with meeting someone face to face.
It's so easy to misinterpret tone in an email - life seems to be simpler when we talk to each other.
I read some advice once that said, in general, if you're drafting an email and it's more than five lines long then you should pick up the phone and talk - it will be quicker and more effective.
I've followed it ever since and it's amazing how much you can get done.
If someone could invent an immediate travel device, where you programme a destination and get there without having to travel, that would be fantastic.
A lot of my family and friends live abroad and it would be lovely to really make the most of the time spent with them, rather than having to spend that time travelling.
It would remove the irritation of the person in front of you on the plane putting their seat back too.
4) Think about who your ideal dinner guests might be but instead you can only invite their relatives. Who would you choose and what would you ask them?
I would probably have Kenneth Branagh as a guest so that I could invite Emma Thompson. She is awesome and has had such an interesting career I would just want to hear as much about it as I could.
I would probably see if she minded being my mentor too.
I would also choose Matt Willis from McBusted so that I could invite his wife Emma. She's a Brummie lass who has done amazingly well and is obviously really passionate, committed and motivated - three things I really admire.
I reckon we would have a good laugh over a drink or two.
5) There are many 'National Days', some more obscure than others, but which one would you like to create that doesn't already exist?
There are two although technically both exist already.
National Coffee Day - when everyone who drinks it gets a free cup of their choice - would be fantastic. Apparently, it is a real thing, it just has not translated to the UK yet.
Maybe, we should have a national 'Hot Beverage of your Choice Day'. Everyone feels better after their morning cuppa and getting a free one is really satisfying.
The other is already quite well publicised but I think it's worth mentioning anyway - National Good Deeds Day.
I mention it because a similar, smaller version was inspired by a university friend of mine.
During Lent each year, she set up a Facebook group where she posted two random good deeds for the day which people would have to choose and do before the end of the day.
It really focussed you on how easy it is to make someone else's day and that we should really take the opportunity to do that more often.