What does your job involve?
5.30 a.m., cycle path ninja, catching worms, black-room-yellow-room-stand-up meetings, striving, supporting, solving, encouraging, directing, laughing, being silly with my talented colleagues/friends. Fruit, nuts, beetroot. Go, go, go.How long have you worked for The Real Adventure Unlimited?
I joined in September 2004, fresh out of the University of Bath, after attending a guest lecture from joint founder Ben Cook. I was The Real Adventure’s first ‘grad’ – that makes it sound a lot more official than it was – back then there were 20 of us in an old Georgian stable block in Bath. To get a feel for what it was all about, I set up my own business within the business, ‘Hot Stuff’, and moved around the departments of the agency, applying my learnings to my business – freshly made cheese toasties and jacket potatoes. I even had my own website and online ordering – fancy! All proceeds went to the Christmas party drink fund, which I made a sizable dent in, resulting in me having to be sent home before 9 p.m. Classy!
I earned my stripes in Client Services, working on both Cow & Gate
, right back when it all began, before Facebook was a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg’s eye. I left for a couple of years to spread my wings and experience agency life elsewhere, but it wasn’t long before I realised that, for me, there was nowhere quite like The Real Adventure...
I returned in 2010 to lead the Aptamil account, delivering a number of innovative firsts for agency and client alike. More recently, I’ve been leading the Costa account, where we are responsible for the strategic development and delivery of the Coffee Club loyalty programme.
There are many things that have changed about the agency over the past 13 years, but there are other things that remain a constant – talent, eccentricity, a complete lack of personal agendas and an environment where you can truly be yourself and flourish.