What do you enjoy the most about working at Spreckley?
This is probably the same as most of the previous answers to this question, but it’s the culture.
I love coming in on a Tuesday and discussing the previous evening’s golden trio of quiz shows: Mastermind, University Challenge and Only Connect, back-to-back-to-back. Catching up with colleagues is the perfect way to break up the day and there’s always a lively atmosphere in the office.
How did you hear about Spreckley and why did you want to join?
I worked as a freelancer for a sports B2C PR agency and that sparked my interest in the sector. However, I was based in my hometown of Maidenhead, and I was keen to branch out and look for a job in London.
The B2B space really appealed to me, and although I wasn’t initially looking at tech, Spreckley’s list of greentech clients was very impressive and aligned with my own interests. I applied, had a great first interview with Sean, and the rest is history.
What’s been the most exciting PR campaign you’ve worked on and why?
The most interesting of our clients I’ve worked on has been Exotec. I’ve learnt a lot about robotics in my time on the account, which was totally new to me when I began. We’ve recently been pushing Exotec’s global expansion, and I’ve loved being a part of the company’s growth journey.
What was your first job?
I worked clearing tables at a café when I was 15 and I’m proud to say I progressed to the tills eventually. The pastries were great, but the pay was terrible – my hourly pay would barely stretch to cover the occasional meal deal. I still visit the café to this day and am astonished that my hourly rate is now the equivalent of a mere custard bun – take away, not even eat in.
If you weren’t in PR, what would you be doing instead?
If money didn’t make the world go round, I’d definitely be working for a non-profit animal welfare organisation and would love to set up a sanctuary for neglected animals of all shapes and sizes.
Tell us one thing about you that surprises people?
When I was in primary school, I won a public speaking competition held in the Windsor Guildhall. High on my success, I challenged the winners of the Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire awards to a home counties public speaking showdown, but was unsuccessful in my outreach. Still claiming a moral victory for that one.
What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?
I loan a horse called Duckling and when I’m not working, I spend most of my time with him. It’s a great way to get my nature fix exploring the British countryside, more often than not, in the rain!
Who had the most influence on you growing up?
Probably Tracy Beaker – her catchphrase ‘bog off’ is iconic. She never took no for an answer and never accepted less than 100% respect from everybody, which is something we can all learn from.
What’s your go-to lunch on Leather Lane?
Hmmm. I rarely, rarely get anything from Leather Lane. I had a Salad Kitchen once but thought it was a bit pricey, the queue was horrendous, and they scrimped on the toppings.
My classic budget lunch is two wholemeal pitta breads, usually with butter. I’m flexitarian, so I’ll whack an occasional slice ham on there if I’m feeling extravagant. No meal is complete without an ice-cold Diet Coke (even breakfast) and a post-lunch Freddo.
What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?
I’d love to self-publish my own poetry book. I studied Victorian poetry and became inspired by the likes of Emily Brontë and Robert Browning at school. I’ve been working on a collection although they’re far from finished – perhaps I’ll find the time next year.
From my favourite book ever ‘A Little Life’:
“And so I try to be kind to everything I see, and in everything I see, I see him.” – Hanya Yanagihara