By Laura Kingston
Can you tell us about you, your background and your role at Bumbl?
Of course! I’ve always loved to create. I remember being about eight-years-old and attempting to make a wildlife documentary in my parents’ back garden. I’d also write stories, draw, and pretend to be paparazzi as soon as I got hold of my first camera.
Trying new things and learning different skills is something I’ve always enjoyed. Nothing motivates me more than when I don’t know how to do something!
Having a lot of interests allowed me to have fun being creative, but it also posed a challenge when I had to narrow my focus after leaving school. In the end, I went with writing and studied Journalism at Northumbria University. I didn’t travel far… I’m too much of a staunch Geordie!
I graduated with a First and worked in various marketing roles, both agency and client-side for a few years. Before joining Bumbl, I was head of marketing for a chain of sushi restaurants, which I really enjoyed. I was also running my own clothing brand, which allowed me to be creative while managing the commercial side of the business.
At the same time, things were starting to take off for my fiancé Greg at Bumbl, which he founded in 2015. The company was looking to take on its next hire and it felt like perfect timing for me to join.
As creative director at Bumbl I’m responsible for the creative strategy of clients, and I’m very hands-on, which is something I love so much about the role.