30 May 2023


Meet the team

Meet the team: Lydia van Wijk

Lydia van Wijk.

What do you enjoy the most about working at Spreckley?

We have such a friendly and outgoing team here, and every time I go into the office I always spend the day laughing.

Even when I’m working from home people constantly post updates in the all agency Teams chat, so you never feel far away from the fun.

How did you hear about Spreckley and why did you want to join?

Spreckley actually found me!  A recruiter got in touch and told me about the role.

While I wouldn’t have classed myself as a tech expert at the time, the more I thought about the importance of technology in everyday life, the more I felt I wanted to impact the narrative surrounding it.

What’s been the most exciting PR campaign you’ve worked on and why?

Perhaps excited is the wrong word, but the campaign that I’ve been most passionate about working on was promoting a report covering children’s palliative care.

Charity work is something I’ve always been committed to, so it was inspiring to know that the results we produced would have a positive impact on the lives of the children and families affected.

What was your first job?

In 8th grade I worked at a smoothie truck in a farmers’ market in Memphis. I was hired as a cashier but suck at math, so I’m not really sure why they gave me the job!

I returned to the market a couple of years ago and the smoothie truck was gone. I can’t help but think I may have had something to do with that…

If you weren’t in PR, what would you be doing instead?

My three main interests are graphic design, make up and dogs, so probably something related to one of those things.

I did a six month make up course when I lived in South Africa and studied digital media as my minor in college, so I did consider a career in both fields before settling on PR. I’d also love to open an animal shelter and promote #adoptdontshop.

Is there a gap in the market for an MUA for dogs? That could be fun I guess!

Tell us one thing about you that surprises people?

I actually lived in three countries growing up: Kenya during middle/elementary school, South Africa during high school and America when I went to college.

It’s left a US popculture shaped hole in my brain! I only found out about NSYNC a month ago, can you believe that?!

What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?

I love the theatre and saw 14 shows last year. If you need recs feel free to call me.

At home I’m basically a grandma. I like puzzles, reading, cross-stitching, nature documentaries – pretty much anything someone named Enid would enjoy is alright in my book.

Who had the most influence on you growing up?

My sweet madre, who else.

What’s your go-to lunch on Leather Lane?

Strategic rotation: Salad Kitchen, Balady (the falafel wrap or salad box are both delicious), and Daddy Donkey if I’m feeling spicy.

Salad Kitchen is my OG. I think they should sponsor me.

What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

I wanted to visit four countries this year, and I’ve already ticked off Belgium and Italy. I’m off to Scotland next weekend then Portugal in July, so might even have time to squeeze in a fifth!

Favourite quote
“Well, well, well… How the turn tables” – Michael Scott