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Meet the professionals who are changing the marketing and communications industry around the world

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Erika Tepier

Erika was a schoolteacher and bored with her job, wanting a new challenge. She got to thinking about what it takes to be a good teacher, knowing how to take big pieces of information and break them down into digestible chunks. She knew how to engage reluctant readers and uninterested, sometimes even hostile, audiences. All of that can be transferred into marketing. Here is her story

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Boyd Norwood

Boyd’s interest in the marketing and comms industry was captured when his brother called one day in the fall of 2003 to tell him he made $80 over the weekend by placing an ad in a college newspaper that sent people to a domain name that forwarded to his affiliate link on a website. He has since invested plenty of research into understanding online marketing and algorithms to produce long term results.

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Jamie Body

Jamie is am a freelancer entertainment expert in London. Having been a performer, arts marketer and now an entertainment journalist and presenter, he has experienced and provides a variety of marketing and communications skills. Read more on how his career has shifted from stage to marketing and comms

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Ariana Adams

Ariana and two colleagues started Fashion Week/Career week at Texas State University exposing like-minded individuals to a variety of careers by bringing real-people to host a panel for their peers. She met a publicist who opened her eyes to her communication skills, encouraging her pursue a career in the PR industry. Here’s her story…

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Stuart Cooke

After graduating from University Stuart went straight into a job at a bank, but discovered it wasn’t what he wanted to do. A move to Edinburgh followed to find a job in marketing before an opportunity came along in the form of a trainee SEO job. This role changed everything for Stuart and has provided the foundations for him to get to where he is today…

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Stuart Haynes

After a ten-year career at three of the most well-respected independent agencies in the Midlands and Manchester (Lava PR, WPR & Citypress) and one of the world’s largest global agencies (Grayling), Stuart took the decision to start his own company, Big Bear Comms. Here is his story…

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Sam Sheppard

Sam started working for the University of Sheffield Student Union’s Marketing Department to earn some money in his first year at University. Starting at a reputable digital marketing agency in an SEO role, Sam worked his way up before launching a digital marketing agency with friends earlier this year

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Carla Williams Johnson

Carla always knew she wanted to get into the industry from a young age. Her passion grew and it landed her with work with some of the most prestigious advertising companies with global brands. Currently she has her own company where she helps entrepreneurs and business owners increase their visibility through the creative and strategic uses of media.

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Claire Stanley-Manock

Claire was inspired to pursue a career in advertising by the film ‘Crazy People’ as a little girl, The psychological aspect of how advertising can impact desires and purchasing behaviours from the film has provided the foundation for a successful career in the industry, up to her role as Media Director at Connective3

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Tracy Lamourie

Tracy has always been into writing, including work for her school newspaper and town paper not long afterwards. Doing advocacy work in the arena of wrongful convictions and the death penalty stateside, she learned to write a press release that got international attention, giving her the experience to set up Lamourie Public Relations

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Jen Penaluna

Jen studied Journalism and wanted a career that involved content. She was offered a strategic role at Bigfoot Digital that allowed her to come up with ideas for campaigns and execute them. She has worked her way up within Bigfoot Digital over three years to now manage the whole SEO team, running SEO campaigns

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Lucy Mowatt

Lucy began her career in publishing, working her way up to senior editor level for a variety of publications. This gave her the experience to move into content marketing, where she has started her own business, as well as securing coverage in the national press for clients. Here is her story…

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Laura Bennett

Laura began working as a Personal Assistant for the Director of and international education agency whilst a student at Cardiff University. When she graduated from university, she was offered a full time position at All Trousers as Marketing Assistant, and her career began from there…

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Paul Wakefield

Despite being dyslexic and leaving school without a single qualification and only reading his first book aged 28, Paul has established himself as one of the UK’s most inspirational business speakers. Read his inspirational story here…

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Stuart Brooks

Stuart was one of the first cohort of students in the UK who was able to study a degree which included public relations. His first job was within the press office of Britannia Airways, where he learnt the fundamentals of PR before taking the jump and launching his own PR business, Blackbird Communications

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Lizzie Turner-Jones

Lizzie has shown true grit and determination for herself in forging a career in the marketing industry. She has overcome redundancies, as well as studying whilst working and raising a child as a single parent, but these experiences have helped her launch her own business, Peachy Digital…

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Paul Sullivan

Coming from the East End of London with no A-Levels, Paul’s journey in the marketing and communications industry is an inspiring one. Check out his story and advice which has led to him founding BIAS Digital where he is Chief Strategist

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Charli Hunt

Charli found her inspiration for her business as a student working on a internship in digital marketing for a travel company. Starting her own business has been hard work, but she is now in a position to help clients during the coronavirus pandemic

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Geninna Ariton

After becoming a mother, Geninna found herself wanting to try something different in freelance content writing. She had to face rejection but eventually found a role working for a Danish company and absolutely loves it. Here’s her story

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Wendy Fenney

Wendy has an impressive background in marketing and business, through education and her career before eventually creating her own agency, Clear Goal marketing. Read her story and see how she was named in the 10 Influential Women in Digital Marketing

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Nathalie Selvon-Bruce

Nathalie took some time off from her role as a business consultant whilst on maternity leave, in which she started to build a small business, all from buying a classic 1970s VW Camper. Read her story to see how her business grew to help her get to where she is today

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Christie Hewood

Christie felt marketing was the career path for her, as it allowed flexibility to move between different industries. This has certainly been the case in her role as Senior Marketing Manager at XITE Energy, as she has skilled up in various aspects of marketing and business.

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Mary Glazkova

Mary originally trained to become an aerospace engineer in her hometown in Russia, but found people and communications was her calling. She now holds a position of VP of PR and Communications at Wheely, London, as well as owning an independent PR agency that helps Russian tech companies get Western media coverage.

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Laura Zanotta

Laura has worked in television, radio and magazines, but property has where she has found her home in her career. Her role as content marketer allows her creativity to flow as a digital storyteller about properties for a real estate agency based on Lake Como in Northern Italy.

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David White

David had a fascination with all things digital whilst studying business and finance at University. He got a job as a link analyst, before digital PR was even a thing and has gone on to set up a digital PR team working with clients globally…

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Jessica Traupe

Jessica stunned her employers in hospitality when she quit her job in order to travel. Whilst on the road, she found herself doing content writing to increase her travel budget. On return to Berlin, she gave herself three months to find a job in content marketing, which only took three weeks. Here is her story…

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Nicola Younger

Working as an Assistant for a legal newspaper in a London publishing house, Nicola developed a niche in writing for audiences and a keen interest in marketing and events. After various marketing roles including digital and in the public sector, she now works as Content Marketing Executive. Here is her story…

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Ashleigh Donald

Ashleigh has combined her degree in Hotel and Tourism Management with a career in marketing, which has led to her latest venture, Halo Business Consulting. Her story is evidence of what can be achieved in the industry.

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Corrie Jones

Corrie got into marketing and communications by accident at University as a Publicity and Recruitment officer for a charity fundraising society. The experience set her up in good stead for a career in marketing after graduation.

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Serena Pearson

Serena undertook a publishing internship in between leaving high school and going to University. After really enjoying the experience, she decided to give herself 2 months to find herself a graduate level marketing role without a graduate degree.

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Katheryn Watson

After originally studying fashion design and communication for 5 years, Katheryn struggled to find a career in the industry. By her own admission, she accidentally stumbled into the world of digital PR and content marketing, and she hasn’t looked back since…

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Melitta Campbell

Melitta studied Design Management at University, where she discovered her love for communications and marketing. 25 years on from leaving University, the enthusiasm still runs strong as she works as a Business and Communications Consultant and Coach.

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Julia Ryzh

Julia felt unprepared for ‘adult’ life after leaving University, but she hasn’t looked back. The transition from performer to leader was tough, but understanding the different tasks, strategies and motivational skills has helped Julia move up in the world of marketing and advertising.

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Becky Boyd

After graduating when the recession was at its worst, Becky quickly realised that working for herself would be a more secure option so she could control her workload and manage her anxiety

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Marta Ceccato

When Marta was in her mid-20s accepting her first marketing role, she didn’t realise that in the new role she was expected to attend networking and industry events on a weekly basis

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Aida Grigoryan

Despite being an International Relations faculty graduate, Aida found herself interested in writing. But only writing wasn’t enough to make a good career and so she started to take online courses on SEO and inbound marketing

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James Diamond

Clear, kind and courteous communication underpins every campaign James has ever worked on, and remaining consistent in this message strengthens his company culture

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Quincy Dash

Quincy’s communications strategies have helped many SME’s and influencers gain the buzz, attention and awareness they need to reach the next level, raising their public profiles nationally and internationally

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Kaine Shutler

Kaine started off as a web designer but as he got more into the practice, he recognised marketing and sales theory as key skills to have in order to produce web designs that were both user-friendly and conversion orientated

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Dinara Omarova

Dinara’s biggest challenge was to overcome the fear of “I am not ready”. There were so many times she felt she wasn’t ready to write her first press release, publish her first social media post, organise events on her own or even manage a campaign

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Emma Venables

Emma always knew she wanted to go into communications and design, so she took the traditional route of studying Graphic Design at college and university, before landing her first job at an agency and learning the ropes

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Fran Page

Fran loves marketing because she can be creative and see her ideas come to fruition

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Helen Croydon

Helen was a journalist for 15 years and an author of three books before jumping ship into comms

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Bethan Vincent

Bethan studied medieval history at university and soon after discovered her passion for writing and blogging

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Aled Nelmes

Aled’s interest in marketing started as early as 7 years old, when he and his elder brother sold unwanted household items and plants to people in the village for a children’s charity

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Sara-Anne Mills-Bricknell

Sara-Anne didn’t know a great deal about marketing, communications or PR until she was in college and sat down with her politics teacher to discuss her next steps

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Klaudija Nikolova

While doing her Masters, Klaudija realised that the traditional marketing path was not something that really appealed to her, so she decided to teach herself all about online marketing

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Vanky Kataria

Personal Brand Consultant, Two time TEDx Speaker and Digital Marketing Trainer, Vanky Kataria takes a little time to share his story.

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James Kingsley

After earning his bachelors degree in Journalism, James Kingsley realised that he didn’t want to be a journalist. To test the waters, James ventured into marketing – and hasn’t looked back since.

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Anastasia Khizhnyakova

Anastasia Khizhnyakova is responsible for promoting new products and keeping her community informed of company news, here Anastasia takes time out to tell her story.

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Will Bond

While taking a course in Journalism, Will Bond realised that he was more of a communicator than of a reporter. Here, Will shares his journey.

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Ryan Cecil

After stumbling into the world of marketing, Ryan Cecil ended up in an entry-level SEO position and loved how it tied everything together. Here, Ryan recalls his career.

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Dmitrii Kustov

About 11 years ago, Dmitrii Kustov was hired as a “PHP developer, specialized in SEO”, without understanding what position was about, and here Dmitrii explains how that job sparked a love for what is now his profession.

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Lisajane Davies

“Never stop learning and never stop trying” is the advice Lisa Jane Davies imparts as she tells the story of her career; the ups, the downs, the achievements and everything else in between.

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Isaac Winters

6 months ago Isaac Winters had no idea what he would be doing, nor does he have an idea as to where he will be 6 months time. But for now, join Issac as he tells his story, and talks about the uncertainty.

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Helen Symonds

After climbing the corporate ladder from junior level to the managerial level over the course of 10 years, Helen Symonds decided to walk away from it all, take the plunge and set up a business of her own. Here, Helen explains more.

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Jayjay Epega

Since graduating from the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Jayjay Epega soon found herself working in London. Here, Jayjay shares her journey.

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Ronke Lawal

After launching her own business in 2004 at the age of 23, Ronke Lawal soon discovered just what it takes to be self-employed and after taking a business sabbatical, Ronke returned stronger. Here, Ronke shares her journey.

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Ivan Veta

After receiving a Bachelor’s Radiologic Technologist degree, and after working 4 years in the field, Ivan Veta realised that what he was doing wasn’t his true calling. Here, Ivan explains how he managed to steer his career in a new direction.

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They Do Comms: Our favourites

To celebrate our 1 year anniversary of They Do comms, we have categorised and highlighted a few of our favorite submissions to reflect and celebrate your Marketing and Comms success too!

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Noreen Cesareo

After an early career in family-owned businesses abroad, Noreen Cesareo moved to global Corporates before embarking on the path of self-employment. Now, as the founder of Market Accents, Noreen tells us more.

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Samanah Duran

After originally wanting to become a Tv Presenter, Samanah Duran soon realised that she had a strong desire to pursue her own path and not to climb the corporate ladder. Now self-employed, Samanah explains her journey to where she is now.

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Jessica Lang

After interning with her current employer straight after finishing university, Jessica Lang’s marketing and communications skill set soon expanded. Here, Jessica explains her journey so far as she steps further into the industry.

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Hannah Rowe

After falling into marketing and communications during her first post-graduate job in Financial Services, Hannah Rowe wasted no time in picking up her CIM qualifications, which subsequently have enabled her to become a freelancing marketeer. Here, Hannah discusses more.

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Anthea Morris

After starting her career as an accountant, Anthea Morris soon found out how the role of a marketer can be intertwined into most industry sectors. Now, as the co-founder of one of the worlds largest private providers of sexual health testing services, Anthea explains more.

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Jessica Pardoe

After studying Public Relations at University, Jessica Pardoe’s interest in marketing and communications quickly spiked. Here, Jessica explains how she took her first steps from university into the industry.

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Sarah Lloyd

After starting her career as a corporate communications assistant 20 years ago – Sarah Lloyd her skills on the job. Forward 8 years and now Sarah has set up on her own business, following her passion for help and wellbeing.

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Teresa Potocka

From working for a variety of companies in their sales and marketing departments to becoming the CEO of their own business, Teresa Potocka shares her path.

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Kashif Naqshbandi

From leading the product marketing strategies of nine separate brands simultaneously, to focusing on identifying fresh and feasible opportunities for international expansion, here Kashif Naqshbandi explains his journey.

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Annabelle Price

After obtaining a first class journalism degree, Annabelle Price thought that her career was planned out. But little did she know that after falling into a social media role within a PR comapny, plans would change and everything would click into place.

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Rob Weatherhead

From studying business studies at A level, to undertaking a marketing degree at university, Rob Weatherhead now operates Run Fast Web Media, a digital marketing agency. Rob shares his journey.

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Anu Ramani

Since the marketing and communications industry captured her attention at a young age, Anu Ramani knew it was all she wanted to do. Now after 25 years in the industry, Anu reflects on how far she has come.

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Susan Hay

Having worked in branding, design and marketing her entire corporate career, Susan Hay left and began freelancing in 2013 upon launching Thrive Health & Nutrition Magazine. Read Susan’s journey here.

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Kerry Sheehan

From being an established Journalist and then editor, Kerry Sheehan jumped the fence and now sits on the side of PR. Here, Kerry explains her ourney.

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Newaz Chowdhury

After teaching himself what he needed to know in terms of marketing, Newaz Chowdhury needed to find a passion. Now, Newaz has found his passion in the form of his own business. Newaz Chowdhury explains.

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Katrina Rohman

After leaving an admin post at a radio station, Katrina Rohman had a run of bad luck when it came to employment. But, after being made redundant 3x in 2 years, life suddenly changed for Katrina as she landed herself a Marketing job in the Hospitality and events industry, where she helped add £1 million to the business’ revenue. Katrina Rohman explains.

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Ella Patenall

After utilising her writing and marketing skills for a side project, Ella Patenall was inspired to set up her own website whilst simultanously learning about SEO, which help Ella land her first job at a marketing agency as an SEO content writer, here Ella explains.

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Sophie Lorford

After the birth of her daughter, Sophie Lorford ventured back into the world of work by joining a tech-start up. Since then, Sophie has moved on and grown from strength to strength, eventually landing herself the role of Head of Marketing.

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Sarah Gray

After entering the Marketing field in school via Graphic Design, Sarah Gray took a further interest in Business Operations and Organizational Leadership and now fulfills the role of Marketing Management for Public Accountants.

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Vicky Pulman

Witnessing her parents ceramics business rise from a cottage run operation to supplying retail giant John Lewis, sparked Vicky Pulman’s interest in business! Here, Vicky explains her journey.

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Jim Ker

The Finance industry has suffered a great deal of turmoil within the last decade. But times are changing and the industry is re-shaping itself to reflect the customers and technological advances of 2018. We talk to marketing executive Jim Ker to find out more.

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Charlotte Moore

Having been a digital marketing copywriter for 12 years working for brands big and small, Charlotte Moore joined a major retailer to showcase her social media skills. But 3 years on, Charlotte realised that she actually wanted to step out onto her own path.

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Ben Leach

After a family member set up a local retail outlet, Ben Leach subconsciously started his marketing journey at the age of 15. Since then he has gone on to complete a Level 3 apprenticeship in digital marketing for a PR firm and now works for a marketing agency.

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Andy Vale

After discovering his passion for writing in university, upon graduating Andy Vale went on to work for the likes of Google and the BBC. Now, sitting as a Head of Content, Andy divulges his journey and explains his transitions through his “big rewarding jigsaw puzzle”.

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Ali Marsland

After completing a degree in linguistics and then spending a year teaching English in Sudan, Ali Marsland landed a role as editorial assistant on the weekly staff magazine at a department store. Now she is a proud freelancer and business founder with quite a story to tell.

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Repackaging Research with Mihaela Gruia

Mihaela Gruia is a data scientist by training and runs a research communications company that works with researchers to communicate their findings in visual and accessible ways. Mihalea shares with us how the world of comms and research data combine.

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Megan Davies

From starting out as a personal assistant to local members of government to now running her own business, Megan Davies dishes out all of her tips, tricks and experiences that led her to where she is today.

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Carole Railton

From working with large companies like Xerox, IBM & Data-point to travelling the world working in marketing & sales management, Carole Railton is a professional business women with a plethora of experiences to share.

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Cat Tierney

Having already dipped her toes into the world of communications through her previous job roles, Cat Tierney decided to take the plunge and follow her passion through.

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Brenda Gabriel

After beginning in property investment Brenda Gabriel’s career took a complete change in direction after a phone call to a friend, read on to find out how.

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Kalina Halatcheva

In-between running her company and creating two food brands, Kalina Halatcheva takes some time out to reflect on her journey so far and dishes out some valuable tips and tricks.

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Mahnoor Hussain

From working as a lawyer in Dubai to now running her own PR company, find out how Mahnoor Hussain made this journey.

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They Do Comms Evening Event

Last night was the launch of our brand new They Do Comms' Evening Event. Similar to the written equivalent, which you can browse here, the evening invited 6 guest speakers to deliver their stories to a live audience.  The event was well received...

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Dana Mills

Dana is currently on a year placement interning here at Branswer but communications and marketing is not the only string to her bow, Discover Dana’s journey and see where her career is heading.

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Melanie Marten

From Berlin to London, freelancing to embracing the entrepreneurial culture, Melanie has had quite the journey to where she is today, and she isn’t ready to stop now.

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Kayla Herbert

Kayla is a recipient of an Exceptionally Talented Visa from Tech Nation for her expertise in digital marketing and communications, a field she has worked in for seven years.

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Carly Thompsett

Since packing up, leaving her job and moving to Cardiff, Carly Thompsett has proven to herself and those around her that she has what it takes to get what she wants, and even the likes of Prince Charles agrees. Read on to discover Carly’s inspirational journey of how she has made it to where she is now.

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Tom Dean Knight

Tom Dean Knight has been making websites since he was 19 years old, but today he is building his biggest communication and marketing platform to date!

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