As we approach the end of 2014…

31.12.14 – As we approach the end of this year ready to welcome in 2015, it’s a good time for reflection. Here are the Athene team’s highlights of 2014, written by Becky Gower.

This year has certainly kept us busy. We have won new work with really interesting clients as well as building on relationships with longstanding clients including Royal HaskoningDHV, Larkfleet Homes and a number of schools and academy trusts.

The Athene team has certainly racked up the miles this year travelling to meetings and public consultation events across the UK. Rachel Wild, Louise Harrison and Curtis Doyle headed to the Isle of Wight in March to support one of our clients with a public consultation. Emma Cook ventured to Elgin in Scotland for an interview with the BBC for Royal HaskoningDHV’s flood alleviation scheme.

0016Richard Astle, Managing Director, who is also Chairman of Shine Charity, set himself ten challenges throughout the year to raise money for the charity to mark his tenth anniversary as Chairman. The challenges pushed Richard beyond the limit and took him to places such as Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Morocco and his latest challenge the Santa Dash at Stamford’s Burghley Park where over 130 businesses took part to raise money for Shine. He set himself a target of raising £25,000, but has managed to raise a mightily impressive £38,000.

Ryan Hyman, a Peterborian from birth, said his highlight would have been boarding a plane to the Netherlands for the first time, but this is now a lowlight as the flight was cancelled due to bad weather! His work with schools has brought many successes, but he singles out building, launching and establishing the Stamford Welland Academy brand in less than eight weeks. And off the back of this campaign the credibility of the new academy has rocketed like no other we have seen before.

Athene worked with ABAX on the rename of the football stadium in Peterborough. Mark Pearson is a season ticket holder at Peterborough United so enjoyed being a part of this challenge. Mark also spent the summer months at the BGL Communications Team, although Athene was pleased when he returned in October! He now works with Curtis, whose highlight for 2015 was securing a full time role at Athene. Well deserved!

We’ve also welcomed new people to Athene and they have all settled in to the team very quickly. They include Sereena Davey, Jon Orrell, Kalai Short and Chanpreet Singh. We have also seen a few internal promotions such as Louise Harrison who stepped up to the Senior Account Executive level, her highlight of 2014.

A definite highlight for me has to be getting involved with the PR team and the variation of work the role brings. I’ve supported various exhibitions this year, as well as hitting the streets of Peterborough for a market research project. I have gained experience with writing and it is still a novelty to see a piece of my writing featured in the local press. I’ve also been involved with organising our annual awards ceremony, the Peterborough PR and Media Awards, which was held a couple of weeks ago. The event was a great success and I’m looking forward to organising the next event – a debate to take place in the spring. We’ll reveal more in the new year.

It has been a really good year for Athene – we have new work constantly coming in as well as maintaining and developing work with our current clients. We are all set and ready for the challenges of 2015. Have a happy new year.

Becky Gower