Here, Associate Director Shaun Beedle talks about his favourite babies both human and canine, how what makes him proud is seeing his team grow and why diversity is what makes Edelman Health special.

What’s a typical day at work?

I wake up and the first thing I do is walk my dog, Percy Manolo, or mi bebé as I call him, to the local coffee shop to get my caffeine fix (flat white is my order of choice). I’m an early bird so I’m usually at my desk by 8am. That’s when I concentrate, plan and do my ‘deep-thinking’ as from 9am my day is often a whirlwind of activity. I could be talking to clients or colleagues, presenting or problem solving – it’s incredibly varied.

A big part of my day involves checking in with my team – both professionally and personally – asking how a date or dinner went and making sure that everyone is looked after and feeling OK. That’s particularly important while we’re working remotely.

I don’t really have a standard ‘log-off’ time; Percy-Manolo usually dictates when that is as he’ll be interrupting me for a park walk. Making dinner is usually my thing given my partner Juan Carlos is a lawyer and always seems to be on conference calls, then I read (I just started Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara) or we’ll watch something, at the moment it’s Succession, before my head hits the pillow and I fall asleep.

What’s your proudest moment at work?

Presenting a piece of work to the whole London office at one of our townhall meetings. Standing in front of 400+ people to tell them about how we had helped secure access to an important treatment for patients with ovarian cancer was a ‘pinch-me’ moment – it made me realise just how impactful the work we do is and I felt incredibly proud of my team’s achievements.

Seeing my team grow and develop makes me proud every working day. Nurturing my team and growing their opportunities is something I am passionate about, so there’s no greater pleasure than seeing their efforts recognised.

My proudest moment personally is welcoming my little nephew, Reginald, who was born in October 2020.

What’s a surprising fact about you?

I sculpt in my spare time. I wouldn’t consider myself an artist, but I love to sculpt and paint – it helps me to relax.

What’s the greatest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

Mastering Spanish conjugations. Before COVID I used to work in our Madrid office from time to time. I’m very much looking forward to returning once guidelines allow, to show them the progress I’ve made with my language skills during lockdown.

What’s one thing that makes the Edelman Health team special?

It’s the freedom we’re given to express the entrepreneurial spirit Edelman is famous for. If you believe in something you’re encouraged to experiment and even make mistakes. That empowers us to make things happen and continue to learn.

And it’s the people. We aren’t just one homogenous group – we have a real diversity of thought and perspective in the team and everyone is free to be who they want to be. I’ve made and will continue to make life-long friends via work. That’s what makes us special.

If you’d be interested in speaking to Shaun to find out more about Edelman Health you can email him at shaun.beedle@edelman.com


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