In our ‘Meet the Team’ series, we are looking at providing a closer look at the fabulous people behind the smiles (and amazing services of course), at Brighter Directions – so each month there will be a ‘spotlight’ shone on each and every one of our wonderful team members – if you would like to read the other posts in this thread, simply click the ‘Brighter Directions NEWS’ section, on the right;
Sahara is one of our most established employees, having joined the company back in 2008 on a Marketing Apprenticeship program – little did we know then that this would be the start of her amazing career with Brighter Directions, she has blossomed into an integral part of our team, leading by example on some of the largest marketing campaigns globally, she now holds a ‘Marketing Manager’ position and manages the digital and social teams directly, as well as providing overall support to the PR & Marketing teams.
Sahara directly manages our digital and social media manager teams, consisting of six highly trained and experienced ladies (Natasha, Danielle, Lisa, Melanie, Alicia and Mel), which includes all the strategic management and leadership of all client accounts across our organisation, managing the team directly through motivational management and inspirational team meetings – this is in addition to her day-to-day activities running of her own larger social media accounts across a range of sectors from B2C care through to professional sales alignment and B2B technical campaigns.
Sahara has definitely ‘paid her dues’ in terms of her role, she started with the company and has worked from the ground up, developing and honing her skills, experience and outside of personal social networks has an exceptional understanding of commercial social media she now uses to pass onto client accounts and developing her own teams skills through CPD.
Sahara is one of the most sociable and hard-working people anyone could ever meet! She is an incredible asset to our company and that of our growing client base, she treats every single one of her clients strategies like it was her own money – and that makes her pretty special.
In the office she is always one of the loudest and honest of our little family, she is the first to encourage people to do their best and expects nothing less in all situations because ‘if she can, why cant you’ is her ethic.
Outside of work, she is a very proud mummy to three loving doggies, Poppy, Bear and Lady as well as an array of other ‘animals’ she loves and cherishes, including a tortoise (who was a boy and now lives as a girl… long story!) and various house spiders and rescued pets like birds and hedgehogs – she welcomes them all in. A ongoing joke in the office is that she actually loves animals more than people and would happily live on a farm in the middle of nowhere with her herd of animals following her around all day!
Some things you may not know…
Sahara is passionate about charity, one particular one that holds her heart dear, #IBDSuperheroes which she founded in 2015 with a group of other volunteers across the country and has been awarded the ‘Pride of Britain’ award in 2016 for raising over £1m pound for Crohns and Colitis charity. She suffers from IBD (Colitis) which has seen her undergo several life-threatening surgeries over the years and loves giving back – but you still won’t see her have a day off work sick!
She is also a massive fan of camping and festivals… the old fashioned ‘tent’ way…
You can read more about Sahara on our MEET THE TEAM PAGE – as well as learning about our other incredible team people.