What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about high energy, high performance and making a positive impact on people and in communities. I’m a marketing communications and events professional for social enterprise, charities, education, non-profits and business clients, as well as a mentor for entrepreneurs and social innovators at Oxford Brookes University. I believe that consistent small change can achieve big impacts and that transformational results begin with embracing change. The power of having a vision, accountability and a mentor is key.

What gives you the edge in business?

Experience and the ability to listen. If you ask the right questions and really listen to the answers, you find the keys to sustainable change and success. The experience comes from having worked in many different environments with a vast range of people internationally. In the early days I motored into my career in specialist PR agencies, managing accounts for Ford Motor Company, ATS Tyres, BP and Duckhams Oils, amongst others, before moving into local government to fulfil aspirations of providing a more rounded communications and media service for local people. For the last 10 years I’ve run my own agency. This has taken me from the heart of the Thames Valley writing speeches for HRH Princess Anne’s attendance at charity events to giving local people a voice in the small towns and villages in Nepal and Kenya, capturing the positive impact on communities of social enterprises operating in the tourism sphere.

Background

  • Specialties include: event organisation, relationship building, attention to detail, listening, mentoring, video, copywriting, communications, adapting to different organisations and cultures.
  • Experience of:informing strategic decision-making, politically sensitive environments, pro-active and crisis media handling, high profile events including royalty and celebrities, and implementing communications and marketing campaigns.
  • Strengths: the ability to research a campaign, establish a brand, core messages and marketing strategy and deliver clear, timely communications, using the complete gamut of communications tools and formats, delivering creatively and effectively in different media from print to video and from events to social media – and everything in between.
  • Clients include: Oxford Brookes University, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Critical Team Performance, Tourism Innovators Partnership for Social Entrepreneurship, Ruskin College Oxford, Atrainability, Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service.

Fee Chandler, Consultant in Marketing Communications and Events Organisation with People Development