Having moved 12 times in the first 15 years of my life, my roots are certainly flexible and being part of a military family this was very much the norm. Our travels took us to Germany, Libya and Malta and a myriad of schools – quite the adventure. After taking a secretarial course (yes, I can still do shorthand), I took off to au pair in Italy and then work in a children’s summer camp in upstate New York before finally settling down to do some proper work.
In its infancy, I joined the first ever colour newspaper, Today, as sports desk assistant and then assistant to the managing editor. A great paper to work on, where I eventually got my first creative break. Six months after finally talking my way on to the Graphics desk, in 1995, we were working on the last edition of Today Newspaper. A sad day indeed.
I went to art college to study Graphic Design and joined Associated Newspapers (now dmg media) in a small project team of three designers. This growing, internal design studio took on much of the non-editorial design needs of the group and I quickly earned my senior designer stripes. In 2005, after a restructure and merger with a digital agency, we became A&N Creative. This full-service creative marketing agency’s client base included all the Associated Newspaper’s titles, Northcliffe Media’s local titles, all of the pure play sites and its parent company DMGT. To borrow a phrase, we adopted a ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude and created award-winning work. From internal communications to multi-platform ad campaigns; branding to commercial advertising supplements and recipe books to major events. As Head of Creative I was extremely proud of the giant, fearless steps the team took and the great work produced.
In 2014 I set up on my own, a rewarding time taking on new clients and commissions, expanding my skill set and networking. One of my key clients was The Lighthouse Company and as the need for someone with my skillset grew, it was an easy decision to eventually go from freelance to Marketing and Design Manager at The Lighthouse Company in 2016.
At the Lighthouse, it is so important to employ the correct creative and marketing approach, it has to work closely alongside our business proposition and be of mutual benefit to the leaders we work with and the industry we work in. Prestigious events such as The Shipping Forecast; Captain’s Table events at the Cannes Lions and WACL; Tomorrow’s Life Choices careers evenings for teenagers and our annual charity event Quizmasters of the Mediaverse, all meet this criteria and are a joy to work on. As is the brand management, communications and day-to-day creative that comes with my role in the business.
Kathleen has developed a wonderful boutique feel to this exceptionally hardworking firm, where people enjoy pushing the boundaries to achieve personal and business goals while continuing to grow and innovate. It’s a real pleasure to be part of this talented team.