Ann-Marie Keighley – Marketing Manager

Sectors worked in and routes taken:

Hospitality

Whilst at college I worked part time in restaurants, takeaways and an ice-cream kiosk.

At university I worked part time as a waitress at a hotel, helping out on the bar and at functions. Once I graduated, I was offered a promotion to food and beverage manager. This meant long shifts and a lot of responsibility, but I really enjoyed it. I was then promoted to Assistant Hotel Manager. Again, a very stressful and challenging role, but one that gave me a broad range of experiences from time and people management through to customer service and problem solving. I did this role for two years.

Financial

I moved to Leeds and found a temporary job as a receptionist whilst I looked for a permanent role. The company was a private equity firm, providing investment to businesses looking to grow and develop. 

In addition to my reception role I was asked to help out with some HR and Marketing administration from time to time. The contract was only for three months and at the end I was asked to stay on to assist further with the marketing. I ended up staying with the company 10 years. During that time, I completed a qualification in marketing, became a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and took on the position of marketing administrator, before being promoted to marketing manager. 

Legal

I was made redundant from my previous role and came across my current position, marketing manager at Schofield Sweeney, a law firm. I have worked here for seven years now, I look after the firm’s communications, brand, website, social media, events and internal communications as well as the firm’s CSR activity. It is a very busy and varied role at a successful and growing law firm with plenty of opportunities to develop make a difference. 

What I would like to get involved in

Mentoring / Coaching young people

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