Kate is marketing consultant at Fat Media and marketing manager of Leighton Hall.
What was your first job?
I worked at Woolworths in Morecambe. I was there a long time, made good friends and enjoyed it. I left the shop floor after a few years to become their in-store trainer and that’s how I got into marketing. Although it was hard work on the run up to Christmas, I still miss it at this time of year.
How do you relax after a hard day’s work?
I just love being with my two little girls, age 6 and 4. We snuggle up together and I listen while they tell me all about their day at school. We do homework, make time to play together and I really love reading them their bedtime stories.
Proudest moment in business?
Being with Leighton Hall (one of my full service clients) when they won the “Best For Groups” award recently. It was held at the stunning Blackpool Tower Ballroom and I felt privileged to be there. The evening was amazing and I was so proud to be part of the Leighton “family” as they accepted their award. Lots of hard work paid off!
Most embarrassing moment at work?
I’m terrible with names and often find myself at a loss at meetings when I can’t place a name to a face. My worst moment was years ago when I lost a false nail in the Kids pic and mix at Woolies! I often wonder if it was ever found!
What is your biggest vice?
Red wine. On a rough day it’s a case of “Goodnight kids, Hello wine”.
Who is the biggest influence on your life?
Without doubt my late father and my music teacher. Both were passionate about their music and taught me to enjoy life, to work hard and to have other interests outside of work. I still sing twice a week and live by my dad’s advice of “life’s too short – so be happy in whatever you do”.
Word of business advice?
Be nice. It sounds simple but I’ve met a lot of people who aren’t particularly nice, and think in business, being a nice person it’s an underrated virtue.
I meet the same people time and again in different circumstances or realise we’re connected to different colleagues.
It’s a small world, if you’re pleasant and nice to everyone, then no ill feeling can come back to haunt you years later. Smile, be positive and polite.