Every two weeks The Drum magazine keeps tabs on who has been hired by whom. This fortnight sees new starts at Principles, Weber Shandwick, Fleishman-Hillard and Epiphany answering our questions. If you have recently joined a new company then contact Thomas O'Neill at The Drum so that you too can appear in People on the Move.
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 book? 6.Where would you rather be right now? 7.What is your biggest pet hate?
LAUREN ELLIOTT RESEARCH EXECUTIVE, PRINCIPLES RESEARCH
1.I wanted a career that utilised the skills I had learnt during my Criminology degree. I had enjoyed the research side of it and wanted to explore what it would be like working in Market Research. 2.Callcredit Information Group. 3.I worked as a Recruitment Administrator for a small Health and Safety Recruitment agency. 4.Through a jobsite. 5.Harry Potter! 6.In San Francisco– I’ve never been to the United States! 7.People who are not team players.
CRISTIANA WRIGHT, SENIOR RESEARCH EXECUTIVE, PRINCIPLES RESEARCH
1.The variety of projects and the mixture of qualitative and quantitative research. In most research jobs you tend to do one or the other but here at Principles you get to do both and blend the results together to give the customers real value. I was also attracted to the creativity with which the agency approaches a project. There is no standard way to bring insight to the client. Principles convinced me in the interview that they always tailor their research solutions to the client’s needs and it is true. 2.I worked for eBay in Berlin. I was in the Customer Satisfaction Department, running surveys to measure client satisfaction levels. 3.My first market research job was as a Data Analyst for a panel supplier. 4.I came across the position via a specialist research recruitment agency. 5.Donna Alba by Gib Mihaescu. It is a hard call, but this is my favourite because it shows how strong people can be and how many things they can achieve if they are properly motivated. There are thousands of books and films with stories of the main character facing adversity, but this is the one that I think is most convincing. 6.Back home in Romaniafor a week or two, because autumn is amazing there. The mountains and the forests have lovely colours, the people in the villages are harvesting the results of their work from spring and summer. I could also taste my mum’s cooking which I miss. 7.Rudeness.
NICOLA KENDRICK, RESEARCH EXECUTIVE, PRINCIPLES RESEARCH
1.I was attracted to the variety of roles assigned to the position and the opportunity to communicate with different people on a daily basis. I also thought that the modules studied and the skills that I acquired at degree level could be well utilised in the position advertised. 2.I have recently graduated from the Universityof Leedswith a BSc (Hons.) in Psychology. 3.As a recent graduate this is my first job within the industry but I already feel that this job was made for me. 4.I found the advert for the position on a graduate job site. 5.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. 6.Barcelona, where I will hopefully be next week! 7.Lateness.
RACHEL BAILEY, SENIOR RESEARCHER, PRINCIPLES RESEARCH
1.Having worked client side for a number of years I wanted to see what life was life on the otherside of the fence. I wanted to get an holistic understanding and appreciation of the world of research. The role was also attractive as it allows me to widen the scope of my research experience. 2.Provident Financial as Market Research Manager. 3.Market Research Analyst for YorkshireBuildingSociety. 4.I was contacted by a recruitment agency regarding the role. 5.Anything by Bill Bryson, I love observational books, failing that the Next Directory. 6.Romesoaking up the history and culture, having a good chillout people watching in Plaza Navona. 7.People who don’t tidy up after themselves.
SARAH DURNO, ACCOUNT MANAGER, WEBER SHANDWICK
1.I was keen to see the consultancy side of the industry and enhance my existing skills at an established agency. 2.A local government pension scheme. 3.PR Assistant at VisitScotland. 4.All Media Scotland. 5.Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. 6.Tokyo. 7.Lateness.
KATE DAVIDSON, ACCOUNT MANAGER, WEBER SHANDWICK
1.The company’s reputation and fact it has offices all over the world. 2.Another PR consultancy in Aberdeen. 3.PR Assistant for a major oil and gas operator as part of a one year university student placement. 4.Through the grapevine. 5.Stuart MacBride books. 6.On a beach in Mexico where I got married. 7.Inconsiderate drivers.
NICK WAUGH, ACCOUNT MANAGER, FLEISHMAN-HILLARD
1.The new challenge, the variety of agency life and the opportunity to work for some really interesting Scottish, UK and global clients. 2.Age Scotland, the charity formed by the merger of Age Concern Scotland and Help the Aged in Scotland. 3.Public Affairs Assistant at Help the Aged in Scotland. 4.A former colleague of mine, who also used to work for Fleishman-Hillard mentioned that the Edinburghoffice was looking for a new recruit and I decided to go for it. 5.Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber, but Transition by Iain Banks is running it close. 6.Somewhere that you don't need to turn on the heating in September! 7.Tourists lacking in spatial awareness. Edinburgh's narrow streets are hard enough to negotiate without the added obstacle of people stopping suddenly or not looking where they're going...
GARY JENNINGS, NEW BUSINESS DIRECTOR, EPIPHANY SOLUTIONS
1.The speed of epiphany’s growth, their unique analytical process and approach and their client roster. 2.Weboptimiser Media. 3.Selling website design and hosting services in the mid 1990s. 4.I was approached via a recruitment company in connection with the vacancy. 5.‘The Seasons of Life’ by Jim Rohn. 6.I’m passionate about the industry I work in – so work wise, nowhere! 7.Companies that provide generic projections for Search Engine Marketing services without taking the time, or having the expertise to develop in-depth analysis and projections.
SAMIA KESSEIRI, SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER, EPIPHANY SOLUTIONS
1.Aside from the fact that digital is an industry I am passionate about, Epiphany has always had a reputation for growing very quickly, and being young and ambitious. Plus I when I was working for my previous company I pitched against Epiphany and lost... so that made me even more curious! After my first interview, I knew I wanted to work here – I liked the office layout, location, and how everybody looked relaxed and happy. Also (if I’m being honest) the fact that we have a pub right in front of us is ACE! 2.WebCertain Group Ltd. 3.My first SEMrelated job was an Account Manager for WebCertain. My first EVER job was a sales executive for an online information provider in London. 4.Through Epiphany’s website. I love being able to work with really talented and ambitious people who are genuinely passionate about their clients campaigns. And having unlimited support from my team and bosses is great too! 5.I have two favourite books: The passage by Justin Cronin and A piece of cake by Cupcake Brown. 6.With Johnny Depp… and I am serious. If he is busy, then I wouldn’t mind being in the Bahamason the beach with a coconut cocktail. 7.People who don’t buy rounds. On a serious note: ignorance and lack of culture/’savoir vivre’ is my biggest of the biggest pet hate!
GAZ BATTERSBY, WEBDESIGNER, EPIPHANY SOLUTIONS
1.The chance to do things differently, try out new things and to push myself creatively. It is a great opportunity not only for me, but for Epiphany and it's clients to do new and exciting things. 2.Sense Internet. 3.I was a general dogsbody for a local printers. Got my hands dirty and learned loads. It was great fun. 4.We found each other, which is a nice way to do things. 5.Enders Game by Orson Scott Card. 6.Anywhere that serves a good pint of Black Sheep. 7..jpgs with too much noise and compression. Can't stand them, they look messy and unprofessional.