Spotlight on Charlotte Bate

Director, MAD-HR.

Charlotte talks dogs, wine and walks along the coast.

Published in UK Director Magazines Spring 24

About Charlotte

I have worked as a human resources professional, trainer and coach for more than 20 years, and have been with MAD-HR since 2016.

I am grateful that I am living a life which genuinely fulfils me, both professionally and personally, however, balancing work and home life can be a challenge – it can be both exhilarating and exhausting.

I have a wonderful partner, Simon, and together we have two spirited daughters – Serin and Teal -who make us laugh every day.

Our family is completed by our cheeky cockapoo, Buddy.

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Describe yourself in three words? Passionate, Pragmatic and Purposeful!

What was your first job? I worked as a pot washer and waitress at a local village pub.

What frustrates you? Dishonesty.

How do you spend your leisure time? With my family (including the dog), somewhere outdoors – usually in a wood or along the coast.

What is your go-to comfort food?  Anything my partner, Simon, cooks! His meals are absolutely delicious, look amazing and always hit the spot.

What temptation can’t you resist?  Chocolate and a glass of wine.

Where are you happiest? Being present with my family.

What is your number one karaoke song? Wannabe – Spice Girls.

At school, what were you good at? English and PE. Trampolining and books were my thing – but not at the same time.

What would be your plan B as a career?  My working life has been in HR, being a business owner is my plan B.

Which one luxury could you not live without?  My pillow. Sleep is very important to me. With a good night’s sleep, I am ready for anything.

Which three people dead or alive would you invite as dinner guests?  My Grandma (there is so much I would like to ask her), Terry Wogan (love his Janet and John sketches), and David Bowie (what an eclectic life).

If you could time travel, where would you go and why? I would go back to the first day I met my partner. There’s nothing quite like that ‘butterflies in your tummy’ moment of a first date, and then we get to do it all again!

How many attempts before you passed your driving test? Two. When I passed my test the second time around, I had two examiners in the car as my examiner was also being tested. The relief was immense when we both passed!

Main photo of Charlotte taken by Big Fish Photography 

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