Thanks for reading my blog – My name is Amanda Fox-Pryke and I use this blog to review my career and the topics within my work and life which interest or inspire me. I currently work as an Account Manager at Pitch in London, an award-winning sport communications consultancy, delivering high-profile campaigns for some of the biggest brands and sporting events in the world. I work with a range of clients including Red Bull, UEFA, Betfair, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to Danone.
I moved to London from Leeds where I worked at Hatch Communications and worked on a range of high profile brands and projects including looking after the sports sponsorship activation for Thomas Cook Sport with all the major Premier League clubs to British Triathlon and corporate brands such as Hitachi Capital.
I graduated with a 1st in Public Relations from Leeds Metropolitan University, and after graduating I was offered a position at a PR and marketing consultancy named Bonner & Hindley Communication where I started my career as a PR Executive. I was with B&H for over a year and worked on a range of amazing clients from Welcome to Yorkshire, Great Inns of Britain, Leeds Hotels and Venues Association, CityBreaks and the newly opened 5 star Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa in York. My days consisted of a range of communications activity from PR, marketing, events, social media, website development, pitching, presenting, advertising to name a few bits and pieces.
During my course I completed a work placement (full-time for one year) with Marketing Manchester and my position was Communications Assistant which sat within the press and PR team. I made the decision to move to a new city and explore a new side of my future career alongside exploring and challenging myself. This year gave me a great grounding into the life of a ‘PR’ and professional experience alongside a new confidence and outlook on life.
During my time studying I was involved in many work placements from agency work at Brahm PR in Leeds and Recognition Marketing & PR in Darlington to working for Welcome to Yorkshire and Leeds Art Fair. Alongside this I have volunteered with many university projects including organising events for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) when I was selected to become a course CIPR Student Representative. Guests included Google’s Corporate Communications Director, ex-student who worked for M&S and I also presented at the ‘PR-fight night’, where guests and the audience debating which was better – in-house or agency!
Whilst not wanting to waste time during university breaks, I volunteered to travel to Thailand to work behind the scenes of the IIFA Awards (Indian International Film Awards). This was a 2-week project where I was given the opportunity to work back-stage on the worlds biggest film awards – Bollywood. This opportunity gave me an insight into events management and a fabulous eye-opener to a new culture.
I loved volunteering and the ‘life experience’ it offered that I decided to join the university on another international trip to the south of Thailand. This project was very different to the first, as it involved working with the Tsunami Volunteer Centre (TVC) to teach English at the local schools. I was involved in preparing and carrying out classes to three deprived and charity dependent schools, with the aim of encouraging children to to take an interest and be inspired by the English language. Before our trip we were also involved in many fundraising activities to raise funds for a local orphanage which was set up after the Tsunami disaster. It was a life changing experience.
I believe that experience is what forms people’s choices, outlook and route in life – and I am determined to make sure I make the most out of my experiences… personal and career related.
This is my blog which I am working on to track my career, show examples of the projects and work I am involved in and utilise social media for what its worth! Find me on Linkedin and Twitter – and please check out my E-Portfolio (at the tabs at the top of my blog), which I am constantly up-dating.
Thanks for reading!