When I joined GSK in September I was given the opportunity to be the project lead for the festival. I assumed there would be someone closely overseeing all aspects of what I was doing across the project, but in actual fact, I was largely trusted to get on with it, which made me feel hugely valued. I was given a huge amount of responsibility from the start and my thoughts and opinions helped shape GSK’s whole involvement with the festival.
Working with a cross-functional team, there was support from across the business but the project was firmly owned and led by me. From running an internal employee recognition programme for all of our UK sites, to supporting an in-store promotion in Waitrose across a number of our consumer brands, I was directing it.
A big focus of our involvement with the festival was the exhibit that we created for the event. This exhibition needed to encourage visitors to come in and learn about GSK and make sure they took away a better understanding of what we do.
When the big day finally came around the sun was shining and the exhibition was up and ready. The Queen and Royal family were given a Royal Preview, where they had the opportunity to visit the Festival and our exhibition.
Our CEO, Sir Andrew Witty, was there to greet The Queen and escort her on to our exhibition stand. Everything was running smoothly and I had my phone at the ready to stand in the background and subtly take photos. Then I was ushered to the front and had the honour of being introduced to Her Majesty, The Queen, by Sir Andrew - not bad for my first year in full-time employment!