Who are you? My name is Victoria Sherbourne, and I am Lockhart Garratt’s Marketing Executive. I joined the company in 2005 as a Junior Secretary, and over the years have worked in various roles from Project Administrator, Senior Secretary and PA to the Chairman (John Lockhart), whilst supporting the marketing team.
What do you do? As my role with the marketing support increased the decision was made in 2016 for me to move away from administrative client support and move solely into a full time marketing position. Since then, although I do provide some PA support to John Lockhart, the majority of my time is spent developing and implementing our Sales and Marketing Strategy by organising LG led events (workshops, business breakfasts, exhibition presence etc) and managing the company brand in terms of promotional materials and website content and functionality. I also lead on preparing all marketing related communications, including press releases for local and trade publications.
What project have you found particularly interesting to be involved with? Over the years I have had the pleasure of being involved in many interesting and rewarding projects, but one which really sticks in my mind is in relation to the company rebrand. The company direction has evolved vastly since its inception in 1998, and in 2015 I was proud to lead on the project to fine tune our brand as Environmental Planning and Forestry Consultants. The rebrand included changes to the company logo and strapline, development of a full suite of internal documents and marketing materials, including individual team flyers, roller banners, pop-up systems, and promotional merchandise; and the big thing, the company website. Working with The Ideal Marketing Company I was at the forefront of designing and building our new company website, which is a brilliant resource for visitors to the site.
What has been your favourite Lockhart Garratt moment to date? Again, there has been so many over the years, but a more recent memory would be the company trip to Wales in 2016. All staff, including family, headed off to Betws-y-Coed in North Wales for a weekend of walking, shopping, eating, drinking, and generally just to have fun and get to know each other better. We also visited Bounce Below, a system of trampolines and slides set in a former slate mine in Blaenau Ffestiniog, which was a fantastic way to spend a morning…albeit a tad exhausting. The whole weekend was a great laugh, and it was so nice to spend time getting to know each other on a ‘non-work’ level, especially my colleagues who work in the Oxford office, as I don’t get to interact with them as much as I would like.
What are your interests and hobbies? I have a wide range of interests and hobbies, but one of my favourites is spending time with family and friends, whether its going on holidays, sharing nice meals or a stroll on a Sunday afternoon. I also love to read crime-thriller novals, especially anything from James Patterson. A true passion of mine is music, and I have been playing the piano and singing since I can remember. I also try to get to a gig or festival at least once a year.