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In the Hot Seat, is our new business feature, getting to know successful business professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries across Huddersfield. In the Hot Seat this week is Ellis Noble, Account Director at Lindley-based integrated PR and marketing agency Wild PR.

What was your first job?

My first ever job was working at the Next in the Kingsgate Centre, which I started when I was 16. I actually worked part-time throughout college and then university, working pretty much full time in the summer and Christmas holidays until I got my first graduate role. Working in retail for six years actually gave me lots of transferable skills for my career in PR, including client services and stakeholder management!

What does your company do, and how does your role support the company goal? 

I’m an Account Director at Wild PR, an integrated PR and marketing agency based in Lindley. My role is to act as the key point of contact for clients, ensuring all strategies support their wider business objectives and working with the team on the execution day to day deliverables.

If you weren’t in your current position, where would you be?

If I wasn’t working in a PR or marketing role, I would like to think I would still be in a role that would allow me to be creative. I originally looked at PR as a career as a result of my love for writing, so maybe something like a journalist or a copywriter.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Most definitely an early bird!

What behaviour or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?

According to Strengthfinger, my biggest strength is individualization – a trait which allows you to see each person as one of a kind. I think this has definitely helped me throughout my career, from working with clients and building relationships outside the transactional elements, to adapting my line management skill to get the best out of the team. 

What is your proudest achievement (personal or work-related)?

My proudest moment would be graduating from University. I completed the PR degree at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012, and my graduation day is still one of my fondest memories. 

If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?

I would love to be able to slow downtime! Getting back to a normal life of full-time work, keeping active, socialising and spending quality time with my family and boyfriend feels like a juggling act after 18 months of lockdown, so I would love to be able to fit everything in and still have a good night’s sleep! 

What is your top tip for success in business/career?

Always trust your gut and have courage in your conviction – if you think it’s a good idea it probably is! 

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

I would absolutely love to be multilingual, and be able to easily pick up other languages. My previous attempts at Duolingo have not been successful, but it’s such a useful skill to have!

What’s your most-used emoji?

😂  – really living up to my Millennial stereotype there! 

What are your hopes for the future of Huddersfield (say, 10 years from now)?

Growing up in Huddersfield, I have such fond memories of visiting independent shops in the town centre, attending a range of cultural events, such as the Carnival, and eating at restaurants featuring food from across the world. 

I hope the town centre continues to prioritise space for independent and small businesses, and continues to celebrate all the communities and cultures of residents that live here.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m a secret true crime junkie! 

If you were to host a dinner party with three influential people (alive or deceased) who would you have dinner with and why?

The three influential people I would invite for dinner would be Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – they all epitomise strong, independent women who I would love to sit down with and listen to their stories.

Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?

I couldn’t say I’ve been influenced by any one particular person, but I’ve been really lucky to have been managed or mentored through my career by a bunch of amazing, driven women, so I would say a combination of them!

What would you do if you won the Lottery?

After getting all the standard purchases out of the way (house, car, holiday home) I would move to warmer climates and set up an Elephant sanctuary – I would love to use my money and time to do something that would make a difference! Elephants are my favourite animal, so it would be a dream to spend my days surrounded by and caring for them!