What do you do?
Emily Smith, Account Director at Tayburn.
I look after the account management team to ensure we’re servicing our clients as best as possible.
How long have you held the position?
I’ve been at Tayburn for 2.5 years and have worked in the industry for 10.
How long have you worked with McFelder and why?
We’ve worked together since summer 2017 to provide translation services to our multinational clients. We find translation an important service to allow clients to best serve their customer’s needs or to allow them to grow into new markets. It allows us to realise spectacular value for our clients.
What three words would friends/colleagues us to describe you?
Passionate, organised, optimistic,
If you could choose anyone, who would be your perfect dinner guest and why?
I love history – specifically the Tudor period and the role that women managed to play at this point in history. To have a meal with Elizabeth I and/or Mary Queen of Scots would be mind-blowing – to understand the intelligence, guile and charm these women had.
What is your favourite way to unwind?
I really love sport – I used to play Volleyball for Scotland and after a knee injury I set out to try a lot of sports. I love rock climbing and recently signed up to a trapeze class!
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Not given, but read: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Ernest Hemingway. Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life is also a great read with lots of takeouts that can be applied to daily and working life.
What was the last movie/concert you attended
Panic! at the Disco – my favourite band from my early 20s!
What is your most memorable moment in business?
I’ve been lucky to work on some really good social causes and with small businesses to make a direct impact to their users/customers. Those are the little moments that make the job special – knowing you’ve made a difference for someone in some way. Working with the Lego on an AR concept, and recently Scottish Rugby to build a world-class live match centre experience have been client highlights.
When you are in the office on your own, what music do you play?
Either 80s hits or 00’s pop-punk. My mum always said I had terrible taste in music and was probably for the best I didn’t study classical music at university.
What is your favourite meal to cook?
Lasagne. Although my husband and daughter don’t like lasagne so only make it when we have visitors.
What is your favourite place in Scotland?
Shetland – it’s where I was born and grew up. On a nice day it’s the most beautiful place in the world. On a windy day with horizontal rain I’m reminded that the weather in Edinburgh is much better.