Commercial Director, Redeem
Degree: Media Technology / PgD Information Technology
Year of Graduation 2004
University of The West of Scotland
Tell us about your time at the University
Leaving school, I was a little unsure as to what career path I wanted to pursue. I did know that I was very interested in film, and the technology used to create them and the impact it was having on popular culture in the new Millennium. The University of the West of Scotland had the perfect course that provided lovers of film with a thorough background in film, but also key skills to leave university with – such as programming and web design.
As I matured through the course I discovered I was more suited to management, strategy and, surprisingly, technology. So, to further my knowledge, I undertook a postgraduate course that combined information technology with marketing communications and management. This is the role I find myself working in today.
Tell us about your experiences since leaving the University
I started as a web developer, but using the skills I discovered at university I fast tracked through my career – from working with the Telecoms giant Telefonica in new media communications through to my current position at Redeem, where I’m one of three group commercial directors responsible for group marketing and online strategy.
I’ve continued my learning development, particularly in Scotland where I’ve worked with Scottish based coaching companies such as The Leadership Factory. I also completed a business management certificate via the Open University.
If you could offer one piece of advice or top tip to current students what would it be?
Don’t be scared of failure. If you fail, learn from it and let it motivate you.
What is that drives you on in your professional life?
Always being challenged. Wherever I am in my career I need to be excited and passionate about what I’m doing. In my current role at Redeem, I’m at a fast growing business that changes daily and has a huge opportunity to make an impact – that is more than enough to keep me interested!