Influential Women in HR and Recruitment: Ruth Musetti

To mark 2020’s International Women’s Day (IWD), Oasis HR is showcasing four influential women in our network that we feel have shown resistance, passion, and determination in their fields.

We are excited to introduce our second ‘International Woman Of The Year’… Ruth Musetti. Ruth is an influential HR Business Partner who has excelled in her HR career, despite being told she’s ‘too young’ several times along the way…

Ruth Musetti

IWD is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the continuing development of the role of women in work, education and life. Celebrated on the 8th of March, it allows us to look at the successes of women around us. This year’s IWD 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual, which is about ‘collective individualism’. How collectively, we can each help to create a gender-equal world. We’ve selected four amazing women within Human Resources and Recruitment to highlight, for their collective success in the industry.

We’ve had the pleasure of working with Ruth Musetti for two years – initially as a candidate, a client and through our Think Tank events. We, therefore, want to recognise Ruth’s hard work and celebrate her achievements to date.

Ruth is highly regarded by both her peers at Prezzo and by our senior HR network, who have drawn our attention to her above and beyond HR Business Partnering approach. Ruth’s inspiring personality is infectious; she is certainly someone you’d want to take into battle with you (or to call on to brighten your day!)… Watch this space as Ruth progresses in her career! 

We asked Ruth Musetti to summarise her current experience, before asking her some more personal questions…


1. Tell us about your career so far…

I started my career in Sainsbury’s and that is where I had my experimental stage in my career. I tried various roles before deciding HR was the right route for me. I had 11 fantastic years in Sainsbury’s and then went on a career break so I could go travelling and have some ‘me time’ – something I didn’t have in my early 20’s! Upon returning from travelling I decided I wanted to try a new industry and that’s when I started in Prezzo. In my current role in Prezzo I am one of four HR Business Partners in the company & I currently look after 40 restaurants across the east of the country. Predominantly my role is to support the regional director & the operations team in understanding their people opportunities and supporting them in building a plan that interlinks with the overall business plan. However, the role is extremely varied within Prezzo which I love, which means my role can be involved in anything from recruitment & development through to strategic planning for the future. An exciting yet challenging role where no two days are the same!

2. What piece of advice would you give your 16-year old self? 

Don’t worry if you don’t have a clear career path from the get-go. Some people find the right path straight away and others spend their whole lives doing different roles – don’t compare yourself. What matters is the value you gain and give, not the money that you earn. And most importantly, no matter what company you work for or what position you hold, stay humble.

3. Who has been the most influential person in your life?

I have been lucky enough to meet many influential people in my personal and professional life. However, my main influencer will always be my Dad. He has been the person I soundboard all my decisions to, my biggest critic yet my biggest supporter.

4. What significant obstacle have you overcome?

I’ve experienced in different stages in my career that age can be an obstacle. Since becoming an HRBP when I was in my mid 20’s there has been an element of needing maturity beyond my years. A main part of being a business partner is to give leadership & life experience which someone in their 20’s doesn’t always have – or isn’t seen to have – which can sometimes be difficult when trying to build a reputation as a credible HR professional.

I’ve always been really ambitious and have experienced being told I am ‘too young’ for certain positions, which has always frustrated me. I’ve always asked the question why? For some businesses, being bold and trusting in a younger person that might not tick all the ‘experience’ boxes is still seen as a risk. However, all this has done has challenged me to work harder to achieve my aspirations and to prove that age is no barrier.

5. What is your most precious achievement?

Hard to choose one specific achievement, but my top 3 would probably be; achieving my CIPD whilst working in a challenging full-time role, becoming a homeowner at 24 & taking a career break to travel around the world 



Did you enjoy this interview with Ruth Musetti? Have a look at the nuggets of wisdom our other nominees have shared for IWD 2020. Additionally, you can have a look at Oasis HR’s ‘Women of the Year 2019‘.

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