Meet Polly Dysterre-Clark – Your Virtual Assistant

Hang Up the Moon has extensive proficiency in the relevant software, formalities and CV protocol required to ensure you make the best possible impression at first glance. We caught up with Polly to learn a little more about the person behind this successful business.

Polly Dysterre-Clark Transition peak

What is your specialty/passion?

Providing a flexible and professional assistant service which is tailored to individual and bespoke business needs, as and when needed.

How did you get to know Transition Peak?

I have known Charlie, co-Founder of Transition Peak for years. She is a true expert in her field and so I was excited when Hang Up The Moon was asked to be a part of it. Through Transition Peak, I can help you reformat your CV so at that crucial initial step, you are providing a clear, concise version of yourself that will set you apart from the rest.

What do clients say about you?

Mark Thompson, CEO of the New York Times and former DG, BBC:

“I found Polly to be exemplary – highly organised, intelligent, reliable and hard working. She has a natural charm that allows her to deal with difficult or pressurised situations with diplomacy and tact. Her attention to detail cannot be faulted and she has an ability to interpret situations and to anticipate and solve problems.”

Jason Romeyko, former Saatchi & Saatchi Creative Director:

“Polly has worked with some of Saatchi’s biggest egos, but done it elegantly with diplomacy and patience. She has helped the way the European Creative Director communicates with the EMEA Creative Directors and has also step-changed his reach of voice throughout all 50 creative departments in the region. This guerrilla support has had a direct impact on our agility as a network and an indirect influence on our improved creative results so thank you Polly, for helping to put the rhythm and fun into our days.”

Can you let us know what you are noticing in the market or finding interesting?

Things are changing. More people are wanting a flexible way of working. With campaigns such as FlexAppeal which promotes awareness of this important issue, people can achieve a realistic and healthy work/life balance to suit their lifestyles and ever-changing needs, without any negative effect on their productivity. Companies need to embrace this flexibility – a happy employee will naturally be a better one.

What are your career highlights?

My time as PA to the European Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi London was hugely exciting. It was like being part of a warm, dynamic and global family. I could have walked into any Saatchi office in any country and been welcomed with open arms – I felt truly part of something exciting. On Sunday nights, I would genuinely look forward to going to work the next day – that’s a good feeling to have! My time as PA to the Director-General at the BBC was very special. Again to be part of something as full-on and fast-paced was amazing. Both were incredibly dynamic and stimulating environments where I learnt so much.

What is something not many people know about you?

On holiday in Venice years ago, I was mistakenly ushered into an area of St Mark’s Square where they were filming the remake of The Italian Job. I ended up in the opening scene of the film with Mark Wahlberg and Donald Sutherland!

What is the best advice you have received?

My former boss at Saatchi who was a creative maverick, used to go by the expression K.I.S.S – “Keep it simple, stupid”. It’s so important not to overcomplicate things.

What book have you read that really helped you?

‘Whatever you think, think the opposite’ by Paul Arden. This book is a creatively insightful and thought-provoking book written by an advertising legend and former Saatchi & Saatchi Creative Director.

Please let us know your top career transition tip.

I would say re-assess your interests and skills – play to your strengths and use them to your advantage. Having keen interest and passion in what you do, of course means you will do it that much better.

If you think you or your organisation would benefit from someone to speak to about professional and personal objectives, learn more about Polly and see our full team of coaches and experts.

About the Author

Charlotte Billington, Career Transition Coach and Co-Founder of Transition Peak
Polly Dysterre-ClarkYour Virtual Assistant
Polly Dysterre-Clark is the owner of Hang Up The Moon, a bespoke administrative support service. With an esteemed secretarial qualification and over fifteen years of EA experience at a senior level in companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi and the BBC.