Jodie Hill is the Managing Director and Solicitor at Thrive Law. She qualified from Leeds Beckett University in 2009 with a 2.1 in Law. She trained as a barrister at BPP Law School the following year. In 2013 she cross qualified and became a solicitor.
Having specialised in employment law and mental health from a very early stage in her career, she developed a significant understanding of this complex and ever-changing area of law, which impacts on both business owners and HR teams.
Jodie’s personal experience as an employer and an employee and having advised both respondents and claimants in her capacity as a solicitor, gives her a broad and varied perspective on employment law and mental health. Jodie also works very closely with Leeds MIND on a pro bono basis, particularly with their job retention team to help individuals with mental health problems to remain in employment.
Why is it important for you to include exercise in your busy schedule?
Since I stopped taking medication for my mental ill health, I have been really strict on making time for exercise. For me it’s so important to make the time as its often the first thing that is missed if we don’t factor it into our weekly planning. It’s imperative I exercise as not only does this keep my mind healthy, it keeps my body healthy too. If I don’t exercise for more than a week I notice my mind and body don’t function at their best. I also come up with some of my best ideas when exercising as the mind is free!
What does your exercise routine involve?
I love to play netball once a week, yoga once a week and weight train twice sometimes three times a week. But I also factor in walks, I try to do over 10,000 steps a day, walks with my dog help with this and walking to meetings too! Occasionally I run and have done a few half marathons in my time but I find running really tough.
Do you think that exercise has played a role in your success?
Definitely: without exercise I wouldn’t be as focused, and I come up with some of my best business ideas when I exercise. It is the only time my mind really rests and stops thinking about the millions of things I have to do. By virtue of exercising I am also clearing my mind.
When and where do you like to work out? (morning/night – home/gym/outdoors)
I am a morning workout person. I usually head to the gym a few mornings a week but yoga I prefer at lunch or in an evening. I love long walks on a weekend with my dog, but I make sure I do a daily walk with him in the week and try to walk on my lunch to make sure I have a break too. I love being outside but in the British weather it’s harder to exercise outside.
Has exercise/fitness always been a part of your life?
Yes! When I was at school I was on the netball and hockey team, I swam and love athletics. My parents were sporty and the school encouraged sport so I think that really helped. Even now my mum still gyms a few times a week!
Who is your role model?
In sport I don’t have one role model per se. I think we need more female role models in the fitness world like Jessica Ennis- Hill and Nicola Adams, both Yorkshire ladies who people can relate to.
What is your favourite fitness quote?
I want to say something really profound but in all honesty this one gets me every time
“Sweat is your fat crying”
Jodie is currently campaigning to make Mental Health Risk Assessments mandatory in the workplace too, they have reached several thousand supporters and have gained national media exposure on Sky News, BBC, the Times, The Law Society Gazette, Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Legal amongst other media outlets. If you haven’t already you can join the campaign and sign the petition here