Tell us about your role with DMA Partners.
My role is managing many of our day to day 'back office' functions such as invoicing, banking, payroll, purchasing, HR & company documentation. I also support the team with ad hoc requirements for bespoke projects and events which can vary greatly depending on the client and project. Working for a creative agency you never know what the next project may involve, it’s all part of the fun!
What do you like most about the company?
The sense of team and working with a great group of positive people. The way everyone has their individual roles & skills, their different personalities, working in various locations using a variety of languages and it all fits together to make a tightly knit team who all work well together to get the job done! I also like working for a business where decisions can be made quickly so changes can be implemented quickly if required. Each team member is important and everyone's opinion definitely counts.
What do you do in your spare time?
I’m an outdoors person, weather permitting! Weekends usually involve hiking or cycling, sometimes both. I always used to travel overseas for holidays but now enjoy campervan weekends in the British countryside, exploring, enjoying the scenery, climbing hills then heading to a country pub. Living in the north west of England we have easy access to the Lake District, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and North Wales so are spoilt for choice. I also enjoy live music, preferably small venues or festivals. Sometimes we combine the campervan trips with live music events in the country. We do still travel overseas and like to go to new places. This year it’s Scandinavia, having been to Copenhagen in May with a trip to the Norwegian Fjords planned at the end of this month. When I was younger I used to love doing jigsaws and recently picked them back up again online which is great as I no longer need to take over the kitchen table for days on end. Ideal for when I’ve had a busy/active day and crave a bit of quiet time.
Any books or films that have inspired you recently?
My partner recently bought “Surrounded by Idiots”, “The Four Types of Human Behaviour and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life)” by Thomas Erikson. The title alone is a conversation starter, but the book also provided quite a bit of material for a number of light-hearted discussions with friends and family. Erikson identifies 4 different personality types, most people are a mix of at least 2, then goes on to explain how different personality types function, why we often struggle to connect with certain types of people and how to improve this. I usually prefer to read fiction, crime or suspense novels to escape reality but this made good holiday reading. Identifying different personality types and recognising their traits was quite enlightening but also entertaining.