Moves at Uber, User Vision, Fresh, Hatch, BCSPR and Profile Plus
Every fortnight The Drum magazine keeps tabs on who has been hired by whom. This week sees new appointments at Uber, User Vision, Fresh, Hatch, BCSPR and Profile Plus answering our questions.
1.What attracted you to the position? 2.What company did you last work for? 3.What was your first industry job? 4.How did you find your new position? 5.What is your favourite day of the year? 6.Who is your favourite TV personality? 7.What was the last album you bought?
CHRIS WALTON, ACCOUNT MANAGER - VIDEO GAMES, UBER AGENCY
1.The opportunity to apply my knowledge and experience of the games industry and publishing to a new role on ‘the other side of the fence’. 2.Zushi Games in Sheffield. 3.Sales Assistant at SCi Games in London, this was my first role within the agency arena. 4.Bizarrely, I wanted to use Uber in my previous role, but unfortunately Zushi collapsed and Uber kindly offered me the opportunity to join the team here. 5.Stoke City’s first home game of the season! 6.I’m not really up on Celebs to be honest, but Chris Evans on Radio 2 in the morning is quality. 7.Amy MacDonald: A Curious Thing and Gatecrasher Anthems with Paul Van Dyk (same visit to HMV).
SIMON DUKE, USABILITY CONSULTANT, USER VISION
1.The opportunity to broaden my experiences away from usability and accessibility testing into user centred design. The range of clients and sectors of work was also a strong draw. 2.Ipsos MORI, where I specialised in usability and accessibility testing. 3.Research Executive at Benchmark Research. 4.I sent in my CV speculatively and after a couple of meetings was offered the opportunity of joining before or after completing an MSc. 5.I should say World Usability Day in November, but actually it is Christmas Eve. I’ve always enjoyed Christmas Day, but the anticipation of the day is even better! 6.Sir Alan (or these days, Lord) Sugar. I just think The Apprentice is great TV. But if the contestants are Britain s best business minds, we really have a reason to worry! 7.These days I don't buy albums, but simply download songs here and there. The last complete album I remember downloading was Lily Allen's It's Not Me, It's You.
IAN PEARCE, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, FRESHREWARDS
1.fresh rewards have a great reputation plus a wide range of products and services available all within a fantastic working environment. They also have a great team to help deliver the high standards clients and their customers expect. 2.Stuart Lawrence Promotions. 3.Sales Executive at Plastic Card Services. 4.I was very lucky as I saw fresh advertising the position just as I decided on a new challenge. 5.FA Cup Final Day - A tradition for as long as I can remember for going out and having a drink or two regardless of which teams are playing! 6.Harry Hill. 7.Fun Lovin’ Criminals - Classic Fantastic.
JONATHAN PERKINS, SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER, PROFILE PLUS
1.Profile Plus’s specialism in leisure and lifestyle, its great reputation and prestigious client list. I also liked the fact that they have a dedicated online PR service. 2.Osprey Communications in Cumbria, where I specialised in PR for the travel and tourism, food and drink sectors. 3.Marketing & PR Officer for Cumbria Tourism. 4.A combination of online research and word of mouth from other travel and tourism industry specialists. 5.It has to be long, lazy midsummer’s day! Especially if it’s spent with friends on the beach at Longniddry or Gullane. 6.I’m a big fan of the BBC’s Julia Bradbury. I’ve met her twice as part of some PR work I did for the Keswick Mountain Festival in the Lake District and the ‘Illuminating Hadrian’s Wall’ event earlier this year. I think she’s a great ambassador for the countryside and our natural heritage. 7.Paolo Nutini’s Sunny Side Up.
RACHAEL LEELINDEMANN, SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER, FRESHREWARDS
1.The roster of clients, innovative thinking and of course the free lunches! 2.Salford Council in the Leisure and Tourism team. 3.A Marketing Assistant for a technology company. 4.Directly - I had read an article about them on a regional marketing website and saw the vacancy. For once, being in the right place and right time worked in my favour! 5.My birthday. 6.Jonathan Ross. 7.Armin Van Buuren A State of Trance.
BETH WADESON, ACCOUNT MANAGER, BCSPR
1.I was keen to work for a decent-sized agency with a strong portfolio of clients and a national presence. I was also impressed with the company’s stance on the use of social media and general integrated marketing approach. 2.Ascent PR in the company’s Bristol offices, working with entrepreneurial organisations, with a particular focus on the healthcare, charity and tech sectors. 3.At Berkshire-based tech agency Berkeley PR, which I joined on the firm’s graduate programme. 4.I gave the group managing director a call to run through my credentials and was invited for an informal meet and greet a few days later. 5.Christmas day. Coming from a big family that’s spread across three continents - Christmas is one of the few times of the year that we’re all able to get together. 6.Frankie Boyle. Mock the Week wouldn’t be the same without him, he’s just as hilarious live and his recent autobiography, My Shit Life so Far, dealt with some harrowing issues yet had me laughing out loud. 7.Mumford and Sons debut Sigh No More.
KIRSTY O’CONNOR, PR CONSULTANT, HATCH COMMUNICATIONS
1.I was enticed into Hatch Communications after the company’s dramatic growth within the industry over the last couple of years. As an avid follower of sport with a passion for all things PR, Hatch was a perfect match for me and I was excited to work on a range of fun yet challenging campaigns within sport, consumer PR and events. 2.Grayling North. 3.A junior account executive on an internship scheme with Ptarmigan Consultants, which formed part of my degree. 4.Kept in touch former colleagues and was offered the position when it arose. 5.31st October, not because it’s Halloween, but because the clocks go back! 6.Chris Kamara. His commentary of Chelsea going one nil down against my beloved Scunthorpe United was priceless. 7.Back to the 90s, does exactly what it says on the tin.