Sara Pettengell

Traffic, studio, production

  • LocationMarkyate, St Albans, United Kingdom

About me


I have worked mainly in the creative industry for over 25 years. I started out as a paste up artist and my last full time position was as a Traffic/Production manager for one of the countries best loved charities, Comic Relief. I have worked for many big clients like Astra Zeneca, SAP, Willis but also very small local companies when working closer to home. I love working in a dedicated team, but equally happy working on my own. I love being part of the creative process and helping bring something 'alive'. I love to motivate a team, get everyone on board and get the job done. I have also got lots of experience with budgeting, from very small budgets for some business cards to extremely high budgets for FTSE Annual Reports and Ad campaigns. Scheduling is also a part of the process i love to manage. I am a problem solver, like a dog with a bone, i love a challenge and like to try and get the best job we can on budget and on time. I relish the part of the process at the beginning when you first get a brief and helping the team with resourcing, planning, costing if required and providing them with the tools they need to produce their best work. Since Sept 2014 i have been living in the USA, first Philadelphia then relocating to the Pennsylvania suburbs. This was due to my husband's job, as he works for a large american company based in that area. During my time in Philadelphia i decided to do something a bit different and started my own dog walking business. It was reasonably successful, with up to 4 walks a day. It kept me fit, was a great way to see the city and meant i got to spend time with some great dogs. When we moved i volunteered at a local non profit Senior Services Centre, this was very rewarding and i throughly enjoyed it. The time has now come to return to the UK and pick up my career again.



  • Advertising
  • Events
  • Art Direction
  • Video
  • Budgeting
  • Client Services
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Problem Solving
  • Production Management
  • Project Management
  • Excel
  • Office
  • Word

Work history



Surrey Services for Seniors

Nov 2015
  • Volunteer in the development and marketing departments.



Surrey Servies for Seniors

Nov 2015 - Apr 2016
  • This non-profit American, based in Pennsylvania USA, company looks after the needs of senior citizens, encouraging them to stay as independent as possible. I work 3 days a week in the development office. Working on data entry, correspondance, some minor design work for event programs and brochures, helped with the organising of a large fundraising event. *My husband was offered an exciting opportunity to work in the US from September 2014 until the present day. During this time I put my creative career on hold and did not work in a full time capacity. We are due back in the UK in early May 2016.


Traffic, Studio and Production Manager

Comic Relief

Jul 2011 - Aug 2014
  • Trafficked workflow through the creative studio. Responsible for the production of all printed items, inclusive of schedules, budgets and print buying. Interpreted creative briefs and worked with AM and PM's to brief work creatives. Organized and sourced freelancers.


Studio Manager

Design Go Travel Products

Mar 2007 - Jul 2011
  • Managed creative workflow through the studio. Project managed the production of all products in the range, leasing with the product designers and factories in China and Europe. Print managed the Annual Product catalogue. Managed the print production and translation of all product labels.



Interior Design

Rhodec International

Mar 2005 - Mar 2007
  • Distance Learning Interior Design Course.


Art Foundation

St Albans Art College

Aug 1985 - Apr 1987