creativity is intelligence having fun
Following a brief dabble with acting (I auditioned for the lead role in Dirty Dancing but was pipped at the post by Patrick Swayze!), I took my Philosophy degree and went straight from university into advertising. During my 30 year career, I have worked in many agencies – and Client-side too – before setting up Commence in 2002. I am passionate about creative but accountable communications.
My life is my dogs (also the resident office dogs), my beloved golden retriever Toby, and scatty little lurcher, Dotty. You’ll mostly find me at home or out and about with the dogs, family or friends. I am the lead designer and Studio Manager and I am lucky enough to love my job and everything creative. I can also be found shouting in the stands at Elland Road for my other love; Leeds United.
Having been around computers since the days of the Sinclair Spectrum and witnessing the birth of the internet, a career in IT was an obvious choice. I can apply those decades of knowledge and experience into my role as an all-round IT boffin at Commence, from fixing the printer to developing websites. Countryside walks, movies old and new and small furry animals are my favourite things in life.
After graduating from university and following a little ‘globetrotting’, I worked in Event Management. A career ‘siesta’ followed whilst I raised my two sons, including an adventure residing with them in Asia. Having returned to work I have pursued a career in PR and I handle all aspects of planned publicity campaigns and public relations. I can also be heard singing with the ‘The Yorkshire Decibelles’ choir.
My love of gardening keeps me very busy during the year from planting window boxes, revising a rockery and cutting down trees. I am also a prolific reader and enjoy going on cruises to various locations. In between I am responsible for the the day to day accounts at Commence, including payments to suppliers, producing client invoices and salaries and ordering office supplies and stationary.
Established in 2002, we are a small but full service creative marketing agency based in Boroughbridge, a beautiful part of North Yorkshire. We pride ourselves on our personal service and approach.