Spotlight on Michelle Pollard

Managing Director & Owner, Spider & polkadotfrog.
Michelle Pollard talks family, football and favourite things...
Published in UK Director Magazines Summer 2024

About Michelle

Michelle left school at 15 and, with no real qualifications, she felt that she wasn’t destined for anything special. She stumbled into recruitment at age 18 and felt for the first time that maybe she could make something of herself.

By her late twenties, Michelle was holding senior roles, firstly in traditional recruitment agencies, and later for global online job boards.

After the birth of her daughter, Daisy, Michelle set up her first business then launched Spider in 2013. Working from her kitchen table and with only a £5k credit card – it is a decision she has never regretted. In 2020, she also acquired the assets of traditional recruitment agency, polkadotfrog. These businesses now operate throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, and Essex.


Describe yourself in three words?

Resilient, loyal, and passionate.

What was your first job?

I worked in a printed circuit board factory as an assembly worker on a line. I earnt £45 for a 50-hour week, and it resulted in the poor eyesight which I still have today.

What frustrates you?

When people don’t do what they say they’re going to do.

How do you spend your leisure time?

I love strength training at the gym, music events, weekends away, spending time with my gorgeous daughter and family and friends, and I’ve also discovered that a football day out is good for the soul.

What is your go-to comfort food?

Anything savoury. I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I love a cheeseboard, dips, olives, and a medium rare rib-eye.

What temptation can’t you resist?

A good quality gin with a Mediterranean tonic.

Where are you happiest?

With positive people who support each other, my cup is always half full.

What is your number one karaoke song?

Oh wow…this is tricky as I have a repertoire. It depends on my emotional mood! But I’ll go for Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton. Last week it would have been something completely different.

At school, what were you good at?


What would be your plan B as a career? 

I don’t have a B plan….failure is not an option.

Which one luxury could you not live without? 

Holidays and travel.

Which three people dead or alive would you invite as dinner guests?

Elvis, Elvis, and Elvis! Elvis and me having dinner would be just fine. 

If you could time travel, where would you go and why? 

Definitely to the 50s/60s. I love the music and their style. It was also a time when the world seemed to really shift with people’s attitudes and freedom of speech.

How many attempts before you passed your driving test?

I passed first time despite my first instructor telling me that perhaps driving wasn’t for me. However, it’s a standing joke in my family as I had about 60 lessons. I hate to fail so I thought this was a clever way of passing first time.

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