I'm so fortunate to have worked in the communications industry for more than 20 years, working with blue-chip international companies, FMCG's and small niche businesses. With hands-on experience in external and internal communications, event management and working in partnership with HR functions on employee engagement has enabled me to become a true communications expert.

I love everything about communications. Yes, I like a good chat with a cuppa (who doesn't?), but I love seeing what I do make a difference in the workplace. Once described as courageous, tenacious and honest in achieving my work goals, I enjoy working at pace, pushing the communications agenda and delivering results.

My career in the communications world began with a BA (Hons) PR degree at Bournemouth University. Covering many topics, I soon realised how diverse the industry was and the different avenues it could take me. As soon as I had graduated, I headed back to my hometown of Manchester for a role at global PR agency Weber Shandwick Worldwide. I later moved to Nottingham to co-direct a PR & Marketing agency and undertake various roles in Walgreens Boots Alliance, the global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy.

Outside of Benton Communications, I provide award-winning pub and hotelĀ The Staunton Arms (the family business) with communication and financial management support, and I'm a busy PA and chauffeur to my two teenage daughters.