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James

James Whitelock

Managing Director

James knows his stuff, which is unsurprising with over 15 years in the online and digital world. Working his way up from a developer to Digital Strategy Manager and now Managing Director of ThinkinCircles he loves working with clients to bring their vision to life. After almost two decades in the recruitment industry, James started ThinkinCircles to support recruitment businesses to stand out from the crowd.

What is the best advice you've ever received?
Running a business can be as hard or as easy as you want it to be. You're the boss, you decide.

What's your personal philosophy?
Regret the things you did, not the things you didn't.

What's your biggest learning experience?
The first year of running ThinkinCircles was difficult, so difficult that I was applying for full time jobs. After talking with a few close colleagues and friends I gave it one more go. Things started to turn around, I met Richard and the business took off. So what did I learn? Some of the biggest obstacles are in your head.

Kat

Kat Allenby

Marketing Consultant

Having worked for some of the largest names in recruitment, Kat is a consummate recruitment marketing professional. What Kat doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. With experience in delivering 360 marketing strategies she’ll be someone you want on your team, lucky for Think In Circles, she’s on ours.

What is the best advice you've ever received?
Firstly – Never assume! Assumptions are the mother of all muck ups.

And secondly – there is no such thing as a silly question. Better to ask and fully understand, plus you can’t always Google everything in life. Chances are too, you’re not the only one who didn’t quite understand and someone else will usually be pleased you asked!

What's your personal philosophy?
Be honest, be kind, be yourself, and have fun. Oh, and drink wine…always have wine.

What's your biggest learning experience?
Probably being made redundant and subsequently deciding to go it alone and set up as an independent freelancer. Processing losing your job can be a pretty big deal, as can learning all the new things that come with being self-employed. It’s been a whirlwind, but I’ve grown so much more in the last 12 months, both as a person and a marketer.

Fiona

Fiona Housiaux

Marketing Consultant

Fiona has built her marketing career on a passion for people and numbers.  Having begun her career in e-commerce and search, Fiona has spent over a decade in the recruitment industry building marketing strategies and campaigns  for national and international recruitment players. She is borderline obsessive about candidate acquisition, client communication and all things online, particularly SEO, PPC and SMO.

What is the best advice you've ever received?
It’s a cliche, but failing to prepare is really preparing to fail. There may be some people that can wing it, I’m not one of them.

What's your personal philosophy?
Be brave, what’s the worst that could happen?

What's your biggest learning experience?
I failed my first year of university (too much partying and not enough time in the library). Having to explain to my friends and family that I had to resit first year exams was tough and embarrassing. However it taught me resilience and dedication. I picked myself up, studied, passed, finished my degree, got my masters and the rest is history.

Megan

Megan Hill

Marketing Consultant

With a strong background in journalism, Megan believes a byline is following you everywhere you go. This ethos continues throughout all of the work that she does for ThinkinCircles. Her professional career moved from journalism to marketing five years ago and since then Megan has developed a strong market reputation for excellence.

“The best advice I’d give myself? Showcase everything you do as yours, from the cup of tea you make to the billion pound campaign you launch. Always make sure you do your byline proud.”

Richard

Richard Blamire

Managing Partner

With over 30 years’ experience (the past 20 years in Digital and Online), Richard adds to ThinkinCircles his unique blend of advertising, marketing and digital expertise. He has successfully delivered award winning innovative solutions across a range of different industries, including retail, financial services, education, public sector and travel.

His skills and experience cover all spectrums of online marketing, development and delivery. These include e-recruitment systems and processes, e-commerce, corporate websites and bespoke projects for clients. He has delivered hosting and infrastructure solutions for clients of all sizes and consulted on best practice in areas such as accessibility, usability and online marketing strategy.