Originally from Tamworth, Staffordshire, I moved to Leeds in 2011 to study at The University of Leeds. Upon my graduation with a 2:1 honours degree in Philosophy, I undertook my first graduate job as Project Executive at The Brand Nursery. My position as Project Executive has enabled me to develop not only specific design industry experience, but also a valuable and transferable skill set in this fast-paced sector.
The Brand Nursery is an independent brand consultancy based in Leeds. They specialise in brand design, strategy, and positioning. In September 2014 I was employed as The Brand Nursery’s first ever-graduate recruit, undertaking the position as Project Executive. My role entails me working as part of a small team managing The Brand Nursery’s busiest client; the fastest growing supermarket chain in Europe. Main Duties: - Be the day-to-day contact for our client, building a trusted relationship as the go to person for project information, artwork and design concepts. - Maintain a strong knowledge and understanding of our client’s brands and products. - Take client briefs and deliver them to The Brand Nursery’s internal design team, ensuring that brand positioning is apt. - Manage project finances, keeping accurate estimates and producing error-free invoices. - Work closely with The Brand Nursery’s internal artwork team to ensure artwork is set-up correctly, coherently within strict style guidelines. - Manage the traffic flow for our internal artwork team; ensuring work can be completed to a high standard within tight deadlines. - Organise a bi-weekly internal traffic meeting, delivering a thorough update on my own account as well as keeping a record of developments in other team-member’s accounts. - Update The Brand Nursery’s website, uploading content and writing copy where appropriate. Skills developed & experience gained: - A passion for design and brands. - Building a good rapport with clients and colleagues alike, keeping a calm and confident demeanour that instils trust. - An understanding of managing the creative process, managing projects through to completion. - The ability to follow and implement procedures and manage my own time, and others time effectively in a fast-paced environment. - Working as part of a small team, driven to meet tight-deadlines and work towards shared goals. - Attention to detail, working accurately to strict guidelines and regulations. - An understanding of managing project finances including reporting, forecasting and billing.
Throughout my degree I developed my ability to write clearly and persuasively, think self-critically and independently, and generate creative solutions to unique situations. I worked both in a team and autonomously, analysing problems in a multi-dimensional way. Key Subjects: - Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art - Advanced Topics in Value Theory - Feminist Philosophy - Philosophy and Literature - The Structure of Reality - Metaethics