Having moved 12 times in the first 15 years of my life, my roots are certainly flexible. Being part of an army family this was very much the norm and our travels took us to Germany, Libya and Malta and a myriad of schools – quite the adventure. Having completed 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 on to take an HND in 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, plus some external clients. 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.
I joined The Lighthouse Company in 2016 as their Marketing & Design Manager. It was an easy decision to make. As one of my key client’s, I understood how important the correct creative and marketing approach is to them. Kathleen has developed a wonderful boutique feel to the firm, where people enjoy working hard to achieve personal and business goals while continuing to grow and innovate. It’s a real pleasure to be part of this talented team.