Meet the Team: Katie Frost14 FEB
In our Meet the Team series, we get to know the hardworking brightfive boys and girls a little better. Last time we unspooled the mystery that is Mr Jamie Mills; now we turn our attention to brightfive co-founder, Katie Frost.
Let’s start with a little about you. Introduce yourself and your role here at brightfive.
Hi! Well, my official job title is Events Director. Essentially, that means I'm in charge of all brightfive projects that relate to live events. To be more specific: I handle creative concept design, content development and management, and presentation design and production.
My wider role actually encompasses quite a lot of other stuff, such as overseeing accounts and general administration. I am also responsible for looking after our lovely team, making sure they're happy in their work and development.
Tell us about some of the projects you’ve you been working on recently.
Autumn/Winter was an extremely busy period which saw my team working on 16 projects over a 12 week period! This included one of my favourite projects this year, for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and Whitbread PLC (with our colleagues from RPL). Whitbread have recently smashed their fundraising target of £7.5m for GOSH. They wanted to mark the occasion by showcasing the fundraising work of 1,400 Premier Inn hotels and Whitbread restaurants. The finished result was a beautiful book with each page as a thank you to the Whitbread sites. To achieve this we had to call on all of brightfive's skills - web application development, print design, project management, print management - and complete the project to an extremely high standard in an extremely short amount of time. I undertook the role of project manager and thoroughly enjoyed the process. It was a dream to work with our internal teams and as well as such a lovely client team in a productive, collaborative way.
How did you get started in the world of Events?
I started my career working as a temporary admin assistant at a production company and quickly got the bug for live events. My former employer was great for allowing people to grow and develop into areas of the company that interested them. As I'd always been keen on design and generally being creative, I took the opportunity to do some design courses and qualifications in the evenings which allowed me to progress within the business. In the seven years that I worked there, I moved roles and departments until I finally became Head of Design. I was responsible for the design output of all areas - including speaker support, video, web, set and staging and print collateral and branding.
By 2004, Simon and I had worked together for 5 years. We decided that it was time for a change and embarked on the business of starting a company together - brightfive was born.
When you’re not hard at work, how do you like to unwind?
Between work and my two small children there's not a lot of time for hobbies at the moment. However, I do get time with my close knit group of friends - usually spent putting the world to rights, eating too much and enjoying a glass of fizz or two. I also spend too much time watching US dramas in my favourite sofa spot, clad in comfy pyjamas and under a warm blanket with a large cup of tea once the day is done.
In another life, what job could you see yourself doing?
I'm naturally drawn to being creative so I think I'd always have ended up doing something in that vein. I sometimes fantasise about a calm life working in a pottery painting shop helping children create art, but in reality I know that I'd quickly get bored and miss the excitement of live performance.
Finally, what’s your favourite thing about working at brightfive?
I love the thrill of live events, but I also love the orderliness of project management...so my role is perfect for me!
I'm immensely proud of our team and the company we've created. It's a good place to work and I'm always happy to be in the office or on the road with my colleagues.