Another month, another set of Premier Family bios for you to enjoy, this time it’s our Studio and Marketing team, which includes Ellie and Robyn from Studio and then Tom from Marketing. Happy reading!
Robyn Corder, Studio Artworker
I started at Premier on February 19th 2018, so just over a year! I work as a part of the Studio Team as an Artworker. I am probably one of the only people in the office that doesn’t have a solid nickname, although sometimes my partner and colleagues call me Ribbon, Roberto, Bob, Ribena, the list goes on…
My favourite moment while working at Premier has to be when I turned 30 – which is not always particularly exciting – I felt extremely special; I received some lovely gifts, balloons and cards from everyone in the office. My desk was even decorated too, it was all really nice. On top of this, we get our actual Birthday off, so it was awesome to be treated by my colleagues and then have the opportunity to spend a day relaxing and celebrating!
Looking back, I once thought I wanted to be a vet, but I’m too emotional and get attached to animals very easily! I’d cry every time one was hurt or had to be put down. Looking ahead, I really hope I can continue to work for Premier and perhaps one day carry out my own design work in my spare time. I have previously created wedding stationery for several friends and would love to expand on this.
If I could be anywhere other than work, it would be anywhere warm, peaceful and quiet as long as I’m with my little family. Although, one place I definitely want to visit before I die is New Zealand, because of the diverse scenery and climates. I also have family out there that I haven’t seen in years.
Something that makes me happy while i’m not at work is Yoga, which is my new favourite thing to do. It really helps me relax and has seriously sorted out my back pain as well. I spend my mornings and evenings chasing around my little girl, which can sometimes be entertaining, but I get most of my happiness from spending time with friends or having family days visiting farms, woods or the coast. Having a toddler can make life very chaotic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’d describe myself as loyal, caring and a little bit strange, my friends agree that I’m caring and also feel I’m a good friend – which is a good start. Despite all this, like most people I do have a couple of pet peeves, one being people with little to no manners, that may sound a bit cliché, but who honestly enjoys dealing with ill-mannered people? I’m also not keen on drivers who refuse to use their indicators.
I’ve recently started to express myself more by supporting charities and organisations; I did a charity mud run last year for Cancer Research in memory of my Nan, and am looking to do another this year.
I probably get a few of my main personality traits from my Dad, I have so much respect for him. We’ve been through a lot together over the years and I know I can turn to him for anything. He’s so calm and supportive, he’s my rock, no matter what.
My favourite quote over the years is from Henry David Thoreau:
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
Ellie Giles AKA Swellingtons, Graphic Design Apprentice
I have now been at Premier one year! I started on the 19th February, the same day as Robyn. I’m currently a Graphic Design Apprentice and hope to be an Artworker in Studio when I complete my course. As well as working in studio creating visuals and proof-checking and whatever else, I also help with design material for Marketing. I have picked up a few different nicknames while being here, those are Ellie Belly, Smelly Ellie or Swellingtons which is most commonly used by Kirbs.
My time at Premier has been great, I recently won two competitions and then the weekly prize draw in the space of just two weeks! Being lucky is really unheard of for me as I never win anything…they do say luck comes in threes, and it did this time!
My hopes and dreams for the future are to become an Artworker in Studio and perhaps one day work as a freelancer. This is all obviously after I finish my course. Like most people, if I flashback 10 years I wanted to be a Vet. I soon realised that I’m nowhere near clever enough and couldn’t put myself through 10 years of studying! It took until my teen years before I realized I wanted to work in either Product or Graphic Design after studying them at school and college.
When I’m not in the office, I am happiest showing my Volkswagen Golf at classic car shows, it’s my pride and joy! If I could choose to be anywhere other than work right this minute, it would have to be in Cornwall, which is by far my favourite place ever. I’d also love to be able to travel around the UK coast in a VW Camper, it’s all on my bucket list of things to do before I die!
A typical day for me outside of work is walking my dog Daisy, spending time with family and eating out (a lot…).
Not to be cringy or anything but one of the people I admire the most is my boyfriend Luke. He works his socks off and studies so hard at University. As well as his Architecture course, he also knows almost everything about restoring cars, which is all self-taught. This can be pretty helpful when my car breaks and he can fix it just by YouTubing things. He’s such a clever bean and I admire how hard he works, especially on his project car. He’s always so happy and has crazy ideas which never fail to make me laugh. He’s the best!
So, I would say I am annoying, sarcastic and probably quite blonde. I have a feeling that my family, friends and colleagues would agree with me, which probably isn’t a good thing! Although, I do my best to be helpful and contribute to causes as well; In the past I’ve fundraised for Diabetes UK and raised over £5,000 with my brothers in memory of my Grandad. Whether it be Golf days or Football matches, we love getting our family and friends together to raise money for a good cause. In the future, I’d like to raise money for Parkinson’s UK and the Royal London Hospital.
I stole this quote from Kirbs and love it. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
Tom Banks AKA Tombola, Digital Marketing Apprentice
I have been working at Premier for just over a year as the Digital Marketing Apprentice. Most of the office call me Tombola, at first I wasn’t too happy with it, but the nickname has certainly grown on me; I mean, at least it’s not “Tommy”!
My regular working day normally consists of sorting loads of little jobs for Kirbs (Marketing & Design Manager) plus up-keeping our various social channels and creating written content like blogs, which are used as marketing material. Fridays are taken over by sending goody packs on behalf of our Sales Executives to various customers! When I’m not working I like to spend time playing video games with ‘the lads’, watching football and during the summer I play cricket for my local village side.
I have never been a people person, but joining Premier and being involved in all of the great socials that are put together has really helped me come out of my shell. They are always a good laugh, and a great way for me to demonstrate to everyone in the office why I shouldn’t be allowed to leave the house!
In the future i’d love to be given an opportunity to further develop in the Marketing Department and on conclusion of my course, cement my place for the long term. I didn’t always want to do marketing, in fact it was only when I turned 18 that I discovered it was an option. If I look back, I was interested in being an engineer; my Dad has worked in a factory for over 25 years and worked his way up, unfortunately I lacked any real interest in the industry and didn’t give it go.
If I could be anywhere other than work it’d probably be 8 hours deep into some kind of gaming marathon with my mates. My bedroom is safe, it’s not scary, and there is no presence of fresh air, it’s just perfect!
What skills do I have? Well most of my colleagues won’t know this, but before age caught up to me (because i’m super old) I used to be alright on a skateboard. That’s right, I used to pop tricks and take names… I had also volunteered at a local indoor skate park for a couple of years before deciding my exams were more important – as expected I was wrong.
I would describe myself as miserable, weird and unorthodox. I think I’m a bit of a introvert to be honest. Saying this, I did ask my colleagues what they thought of me and they delivered: Pro Googler, sarcastic, odd and depressing, I’m surely not that bad am I? Apparently the list goes on but they didn’t want me to feel attacked, how thoughtful… My biggest pet peeve has got to be when people get involved in conversations for no reason other than to gain attention, although I’m normally too ‘away with the fairies’ to notice.
One thing I want to do before I die is to visit New York especially during the festive period. I would also love to get a full 8 hours sleep.
If there is one person in this world I admire most, it’s probably my Mum. She works really hard, she’s incredibly supportive about everything my life and is always pushing to be bigger and better. Living with 3 men can’t be easy, yet she continues to go the extra mile to make sure we all survive each day. I’d be truly lost without her! It’s because of my Mum that I feel the need to make small, but meaningful contributions to charities, especially The Tom Bowdidge Foundation which aims to support teenagers and young adults with cancer.
My personal motto? “If no one comes from the future to stop you from doing it, how bad of a decision can it really be?”
Check out the rest of the #PremierFamily on our Meet the Team page and be sure to keep an eye out for future staff bios!