You’re no doubt here because you’re interested in my professional credentials, so here goes…
Many moons ago, I was something called a Fleet Street journalist.
I learned my craft there as a reporter and sub-editor, working for — among others — The Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mail, and the Daily Mirror.
Back then you worked hard, had to meet high standards and rigorous deadlines, and you played hard. And as a woman, you had to rise above the everyday misogyny that came with the job — all that stuff that sadly still makes the headlines.
I’d like to think I managed it well, emerging with sound solid writing and editing skills, a super-sharp nose for good story, and a now somewhat unfashionable reflex to check all the facts.
Once a journalist, always a journalist in so many ways, but I left the frontline after 30 years and discovered what life was like at the news generating end of the relationship — in my case, local government corporate communications, reputation management, and media relations.
Same skill set, different purpose, a lot of hairy moments!
Then I took a deep breath and stepped away from being an employee and have been running a marketing and PR consultancy since 2008. Over the years, I’ve worked with an eclectic mix of clients, key among them growing SMEs, entrepreneurs, and charities, as well as digital, PR, and other marketing agencies.
I’ve invested a very significant amount of time, money and effort in keeping my skills bang up to date and one of the greatest benefits of having that depth of knowledge is that I know when I don’t have the answer. That’s when I turn to my brilliant network of digital, design, print and other professionals and together there are few very challenges we can’t meet!
So where’s the ethical fit into all this? At the heart of it.
I have always been open and honest, but I’ve seen so much borderline dishonest and definitely manipulative marketing and PR that I am now fully committed to working only with business owners who — like me — want to be fully authentic with their customers. Just as I am being with you.
When I take off my professional hat you’ll find spending as much time as I can outdoors — this is my happy place. I’ll be running, open water swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, and on my yoga mat (admittedly this one’s generally indoors) and I’ll do them all most weeks, whatever the weather or time of year. I also love being up high — skiing and hill walking tick that box!
You can find out more about what makes me tick on my Making Waves blog. This is I where I share the personal, where I float ideas, and where I sometimes challenge the status quo and get a bit controversial.
A couple of unexpected facts to finish with: I have a Masters degree in employment law from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and I am the co-founder of the Cetco Ythan Challenge, Scotland’s first multi-terrain adventure race.
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