Being born, bred and educated in London, I was determined to break this emerging pattern and move 20 miles away from home to study Politics & International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham, Surrey. I knew I wanted to study politics since I was 12 years old after being both outraged and inspired by the story told in Edward Zwick’s 2006 ‘Blood Diamond’ and I knew I had to study at RHUL after being shown a whole new perspective on life by visiting my older brother Edward there. It was the best decision I have ever made.
It was during my time at university that I made the decision to discharge from 3 Military Intelligence Battalion, British Army Reserves so that I could concentrate entirely on my developing interests in rowing, theatre production and diplomacy. This allowed me to participate as a delegate in the university’s National Model United Nations team in New York City, two years running.
I left university in 2016 and when I moved back into London, I had my first taste of the advertising and media industry. I spent some time working for Wossname, an instant lookup tool for media agencies. At the time though, I was still intent on a career in the Civil Service and so I departed Wossname to take up the post of Caseworker in Parliament.
I had the good fortune of joining in the heat of the 2017 General Election and assisted in getting the Minister I worked for re-elected before resuming my day to day duties, liaising between the Minister and his constituents. After six months, my placement finally came to an end and I decided it was time to find something that was a bit more suited to my inquisitive and driven nature.
It was during this time that I was concurrently learning Arabic and committed a lot more of my time to this whilst I searched for the next step in my life. It did not take long. Shortly after, I got my second taste of the advertising and media industry in the form of an internship at BBH. This gave me a second and new perspective into the passionate, creative and fast paced environment. I knew from that moment that I needed to be in this industry one way or another.
When I found The Lighthouse Company and first met Kathleen and Daren, my heart was set. This was the team that I wanted to be a part of. To play a part in the unbridled passion, energy and vision that The Lighthouse Company exudes.
My role as Research Coordinator mirrors the best aspects of my degree. Broadly, the study of Politics is the analysis of activity, thoughts and behaviour but specifically requires making connections and digging up evidence that might not be clear at a casual glance. Connecting the dots and creatively finding solutions to problems are all part of the process. Since joining Lighthouse in May 2018 I have felt welcomed by the energetic team, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.