Meet Kelly: Senior Campaigns and Communications Executive
When did you start at Dolphin and in what role?
I started working at Dolphin mid April 2015 in the role of Senior Campaign and Communications Executive.
What qualifications or experience did you have?
Both my HNC and BA have marketing specialisms but I’d been working in other industries prior to my most recent role. I then moved into an IT organisation, starting as an assistant in the marketing department. My skills were recognised by my manager and I was promoted to looking after a set of vendor partners, and being responsible for their third party marketing into our customers. I was in the role for 8 years.
What made you choose Dolphin?
Dolphin appealed because it was a chance to extend my marketing experience to the end user market (my previous background was business customers) and to make a difference to a part of society that doesn’t get the recognition or support that they deserve. I was amazed by the software that exists as I had no experience of it previously.
What are the biggest challenges you have faced?
If I’m completely honest, I was nervous about working with blind and partially sighted colleagues for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. But everyone has been great, and the visual impairment awareness training I received certainly put me at ease.
What sort of development have you received in your time at Dolphin?
I’ve been integrated into the company very well by HR and other colleagues; receiving training around all different departments and about the company and its vision. Even though I’ve only been here a short while, it’s clear that the ethos of the company is very much about bringing the best out in people.
How has your role developed?
It’s still early days so I think most of the development is still to come, but I’m looking forward to using my partner marketing experience and working with our dealers across the world to bring the Dolphin message to all those end users who can benefit from assistive technology.
What do you rate in Dolphin as an employer?
There’s no hierarchy or internal politics – everyone is open and committed to the products and the benefits to end users. Opinions are welcomed and management are very much “one of the team”. There’s no us and them, which is so refreshing.