You can’t help but notice that we’ve been quietly adding some top-drawer people to our team at Stockton. Our initial focus was on improving our customers’ experience of working with us, hence the arrival of Joanne, HERE, followed by new boys Martyn, Lewis and Tom, HERE.
Now, we’ve turned our attention to our commercial activity, but with the arrival of Catherine Turbill in the role of Commercial Coordinator, we’ve got more than we bargained for – but in a good way. You see, on top of all the skills we were looking for to fulfill the role, Catherine brings so much more to the business…
‘My background is in Marketing and PR’, she explains. ‘I spent twenty years at Jennings Motor Group and at the time of leaving, I had the title of Group Sales Marketing Manager.’
As anybody from the North East will tell you, ‘Jennings’ is a household-name and is an important dealer in Ford, Kia, Mazda and SEAT cars, not to mention Harley Davidson bikes. Any way you look at it, it was a Big Business, so Catherine had a team under her command, plus a substantial budget to spend on print and radio advertising, direct mail and social media. ‘Until recently, the business was privately owned. I worked closely with the MD and felt that I really contributed over the years to the success of the business.’
So, why would she leave to join us? Because of circumstances beyond her control… ‘The company was taken over by the Lookers Group’, Catherine says, ‘and all things considered, I thought the time was right for me to have a fresh start in a new industry.
Then, as luck would have it, Catherine saw our recruitment advert, came in for an interview with our Business Development Director Craig McIntyre and here she is. ‘It’s an exciting time for me’, she says. ‘I’m in at the deep end in a sector I know very little about, but find fascinating. I think my role will develop as I learn more about the marketplace and get a greater understanding of what the company can offer.’
‘I’m delighted that Catherine has joined’, Craig said, ‘and among many other things, I’m sure she’ll add a new level of professionalism and expertise in our forthcoming sales and marketing campaigns, plus social media and PR across the whole Vianet business.’
When she’s not at work, she’s out and about with her partner, Alan: they are frequent visitors to the races and enthusiastic gig-goers. ‘I’m not one for lounging about at home’, she says.
So there you are, introductions complete. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Catherine to our team and rest assured: our latest recruit won’t be our last.