Becky began working life "in marketing" at United News and Media in Leeds, before becoming a Mando Account Manager in 1998. She is now Vice Chair of the IPM and her experience in Fixed Fee is legendary. Instrumental in Mando maintaining its top position in the market for a third decade (grovel).
"…I wouldn’t have taken the plunge with Mando after coming down from Leeds. I had no idea what they did but thought it was well worth taking a chance. It was."
Chris put his 15 years in PR to good use to promote himself as the only man capable of juggling the marketing and account director roles. Says his self-appointed role of World’s Greatest Risk Guru is about directing a cluster of clients and agencies. Loves to openly correct his colleagues’ not good grammar.
"…after a year as Chair of the Rugby Club, I risked my fledgling Clive Woodard reputation on running out a third senior team. Not only have the 3rds been a major success, but the 2nds also reacted to the competition and earned promotion – again. Where’s my knighthood?"
Rob is another man of ‘experience’, gaining employment in a variety of agencies for 10 years. He’s also managed an environmental management consultancy, assessing a different kind of risk. So now we know who’s to blame for not noticing the polar ice caps were melting.
"…otherwise I’d never have jumped off a 75–foot waterfall in the middle of the Queensland bush. I didn’t know if anyone had ever done it before, I slipped on take off and was 100km from the nearest town – but the adrenalin rush was unforgettable."
Ben’s a numbers guy! He tried to escape into the glitzy world of marketing once, after a light bulb moment (at a lighting manufacturer!) but went back to crunching numbers at accountants Deloitte. He’s found his way to Mando and is the first one tasked with any hard sums. Loves playing sport and ‘socialising’ – loosely translates to enjoying a pint after the match?
"…it got me out of accountancy! Sales promotion? Fixed Fee? Mando? All a mystery to me when I joined but I took a risk and now have a whole new career with only a little bit of number crunching."
The youngest member of the team. Rachel is the energy of Mando. Her mind-boggling knowledge of the bands no one’s ever heard of and the festivals no one’s ever heard of (presumably where the bands no one’s ever heard of play) helps bring a different view to the mix. She likes to talk, too. A lot.
"…without risk I would never have made the choice to stay on the other side of the world at 19 – while my boyfriend tried his utmost to convince me to fly home with him. He had to leave me at a bus stop! It was a life changing experience."
(edited from 5 hours of chat – we told you she likes to talk)
After several years as a German teacher in Poland, the trilingual Joanna started her sales career in the printing industry. She joined Mando in 2008 managing clients in Germany and taking the world of Mando to Poland.
"…I finally fulfilled my dream to travel to Spain, making a short stop in the UK on the way. It’s full of surprises here! Still not reached Spain, still in the UK, still rains too much, but still the dream’s alive."
Leonie left her cushty student life to join Mando where she project manages the promotions for Germany. With a little help from her colleagues she has entered the ‘real world’ – putting theory into practice.
"…It makes life exciting! Without risk I wouldn’t have embarked on my year abroad in Germany. I arrived in Munich bewildered and apprehensive; I left 9 months later with confidence and some amazing memories."
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