Hi, I’m Natalie.
I’ve spent most of my career so far as a journalist after being awarded a bursary from a national newspaper group to complete my training. I have worked for a number of different regional newspapers in roles including general news reporter, health correspondent, news editor and magazine editor. I have covered stories ranging from major crime and court cases to world record attempts and centenarian birthdays, and was once sent to interview a parrot which was rescued from a house fire.
More recently, I have managed PR for two major venues in Hull during UK City of Culture 2017.
If you could spend one day with anyone from the present day, who would it be and what would you do?
It would have to be Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky. I’m a season ticket holder but it’s not just because I’m a fan – he just seems to have a brilliant positive attitude to life and works hard too so he’s quite an inspirational character. I’d take him for a cup of tea and ask him about life in his home country of Russia as it’s somewhere I’ve never visited.
What’s the best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?
I love tunes from the 90s, especially Indie, so I’m enjoying the new single from Shed Seven and have tickets to see them at Hull City Hall in December.
I’ve also really enjoyed Saving Lives at Sea, the BBC programme about the RNLI. Living in a coastal county, it’s been incredible to see the work these volunteers do and the amazing rescue stories they have to tell.
What’s the most recent photo on your phone?
It’s the amazing view from my desk at the Pace office in the C4Di building. We’re right on the river so I can see the ships coming up and down the Humber and even have a view over to the south bank.
Which social media platform is your favourite and why?
Being a former journalist and a sports fan, I use Twitter all the time to keep up-to-date with everything that is happening. It’s also great for helping me learn Spanish which I’ve been studying for a couple of years now. I follow lots of Spanish accounts and try to test myself on their bitesize Tweets – it’s my ambition to be fluent but I have a long way to go yet!
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I have an excellent ability to pick winners of the Grand National. I know nothing about horse racing but always choose a name that means something to me and it works!
What are you most looking forward to about starting at Pace?
I’m really looking forward to meeting new clients with Pace and continuing to work with contacts in the media locally and nationally.
Helping people tell their stories is something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed as a journalist and since moving into PR, I’ve loved getting results for clients too.
I’ll never tire of meeting new people and I’m ready with my notebook in hand to chat to clients and come up with creative ideas to help them get their message across.