I started my first Marketing Agency when I was 27 years old with the arrogance of youth I didn’t think of being an entrepreneur or fitting into any other box. I saw an area where I thought I had something to offer and have fun at the same time and went for it. Our clients included The Telegraph, Gillette Papermate, RNIB, McDonnell Douglas and many more. I learnt to be my own boss – and like it.
At the same time I became involved in real tennis saw a need for some marketing and the potential for the players to be better rewarded for their hard work and training so I started The RTTC (Real Tennis Tournament Company). We pitched to Laurent Perrier, the sponsor who stayed with us for 10 years and HRH Prince Edward came along on finals night each year to present the prizes. The Champagne Laurent Perrier Masters ran at the prestigious Queens Club in London attracting many famous names to its audience, champagne tastings and corporate hospitality. It was great fun and I got to work with a team of people I liked, many of whom I still consider friends.
Since then I have spent most of my time supporting others to do what they do best. From doctors’ practices to training companies, from charities to cheese makers. During that time I have been asked to sit on boards and was responsible for licencing the first wireless LANs in the UK with the DTI and even became CEO of Street Child Africa.
I am blessed with an insatiable curiosity and a love of learning so constantly updating my knowledge and becoming involved in new projects is fun and all part of why I enjoy work.