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Meet the team that brings us Alive – Cam

Meet Cam, our super organised officer/project manager affectionately called ‘the Lieutenant’, who sits crossed legged keeping everyone in check.

She is never happier than when she is researching or liaising with clients to ensure projects get over the line on time. And when Cam’s not busy multi-tasking, she can often be found in another world … gaming!

Key responsibilities

I wear lots of different hats at Alive, including doing quite a bit of project management. When a project comes in I’ll get the costs together, chat with the designers and prepare the estimates. Then, when that’s signed off, I’ll liaise with the client throughout the process and until the job is complete.

I also look after tasks we need doing for Alive. For example, if we want to do an internal project, or need some new software, I’ll get an idea about what is needed and what the deal breakers are, then compile some options. I love doing research! Think I have a brain that just gets Google!

 

What did you do before Alive?

I came out of uni with a business management degree and my first job was at a large international company. I was working as an assistant administrator, but after a few years, I was tired of the whole corporate system and being a small cog in a huge machine. I had loads of ideas and was really enthusiastic, but no-one cared, or even listened. I wanted to work somewhere where what I said was valued and my thoughts on improving things might actually be used and make a difference.

 

How long have you worked at Alive?

I’d always been interested in marketing and branding, so I started looking for smaller local creative companies to apply to. That’s when I came across Alive and it was perfect timing. I came along for an interview it all just clicked. That was 3 years ago now. It’s a very happy place, with a great culture and I enjoy coming to work – not sure many people can say that!

 

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I get to do such a wide variety of tasks and I really enjoy the diversity. There is a general tone to what I do day-in-day-out, but I enjoy getting a curveball from time to time! And I know I’m a bit strange, but I really like working out estimates and quotes for jobs. It feels like a big puzzle that needs solving and my brain is very logical, so that’s right up my street. It’s also one of the reasons I love spreadsheets!

 

Favourite projects you’ve worked on?

I really like working with clients, especially the smaller companies, as you get to know them really well. I often get as invested in their company as they are and genuinely care how they’re doing and want them to succeed. In the corporate world, it’s all so formal, but at Alive it is the people element that really matters. You’re a person, not just a name on an email.

 

Where are we most likely to find you outside of work?

I am a big gamer! If I’m not working I’ll be playing a video game or a board game or watching Netflix. I’ve even recruited some of the Alive team into gaming now! We have so many board games at home that we’ve had to relocate them, as we ran out of space in the spare room. My current favourites are Potion Explosion and Pandemic legacy. I also enjoy roleplay games and will meet up with six friends to go on our tabletop adventures. Someone will cook and we’ll load up on snacks and sweets, and just have fun.

Fancy joining the gaming world? Here are some games that Cam suggested during lockdown – Cam’s pandemic games.

 

Finally, something we’d never guess about you?

People often get surprised that I was born in Sweden. I’m of Persian heritage and can speak Persian and English fluently, with some basic Swedish and German thrown in too. My Swedish friends laugh when they hear my accent though, as it’s a bit wobbly.

I’m also a bit of a cat lady! I had four cats until recently and really want lots more. My dream is to rescue a whole litter!

 

“The guys at Alive understand the complexities of our business which means we don’t need to explain the detail of every project or design piece – they’re already on it, which keeps things moving and delivers the results we need.”

Emily Stoten — Head of Marketing, Selecta

“I feel like they own and care for the project as much as we do! I would not use anyone else for my creative work and think Alive is ahead of the game.”

Jo Hobbs — Communications Manager

“Thanks for all your help. We are delighted with the campaign, both in terms of the creativity and messaging but also the thought taken over the rollout of the materials. All looks absolutely fabulous!”

Sarah Crowdy — Campaign and Media Officer Communications, South East Water

“We went to ‘Alive’ for ideas on how to run a specific employee program in Europe. Alan and his team were brilliant in coming up with fresh, creative and practical approaches. The team took charge and executed brilliantly. We are pleased with the progress made so far and hope to have the same level of partnership and commitment going forward.”

Sobha Varghese — Tata Consultancy Services

“So glad that we chose Alive to create our new website. As well as taking the time to get the visual side of our requirement right, they worked with us to understand us, our business and our clients and reflect this across the site. We loved their flexible approach, which, coupled with the right level of challenge has replaced our old, clunky site with one we can be proud of. ”

Victoria Ford — Perago

“Alive were there to help when we were working every hour to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. They gave us the creativity, ideas and support we needed to deliver campaigns which empowered our residents in the most difficult time most of us have ever seen, personally and professionally. The team understood what we needed, worked closely with us and delivered fast without any compromise on quality. Working with Alive has been a joy in the darkest of times and I have no doubt will have helped to save lives. Thanks team x”

Julie Odams, Assistant Director of Communications & Customers — Derbyshire County Council

“If you are looking to improve creativity and build teamwork, I highly recommend a session like this for your team. No matter where you are in your creativity journey, a workshop like this can give your team a boost of energy and ideas to invigorate their creative thinking.”

Amy Lilja, IC Manager — Hennepin Healthcare

“This looks amazing - brought a smile to my face scrolling through it :-)”

Jack Ford, Head of Marketing — streamGO

“Love it. I will pass to the boss, but I think it's awesome.”

Matt Fletcher — Met Police

“We worked with the team at Alive to create our staff recognition video.
At a time like this, its never been more important to share the amazing work that our staff have done and continue to do on a daily basis under very difficult circumstances. We wanted to shout about this and recognise that when the time came, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue stepped up to the plate. We didn’t want an ordinary thank you post on social media or a basic email sent out internally, we wanted something special. Enter Alive. ”

Emma Wright — South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

“The (Alive) team were able to creatively pull together and document (in just over 2minutes) everything our service has achieved over the last few months, from thousands of prescriptions deliveries to hundreds of phone calls made to the vulnerable. The final product was so powerful and reflective of what our service has and continues to achieve. It couldn’t have been better received within the service – thanks Alive for once again helping us to communicate our vision!’”

Emma Wright — South Yorkshire & Rescue

“Boom!
Thank you so much. Incredible work done at incredible speed by incredible people.
Outstanding work as ever and what a turnaround. As for the concepts – wow. These are that good it would be an insult to describe them as just good. It’s a joke, quite frankly. This is exactly the Alive effect I was after. Right now I feel like I am living in an Alive With Ideas wonderland. Thank you!”

Jack Grasby, Campaigns Manager — SYFR

“Our company is fun, we have great brands, but most importantly we’re all about our people – and I wanted an agency who would understand that and help us bring it to life through our website and other comms. Straight away I felt that Alive ‘got’ us and provided the creative inspiration exactly where we needed it, as well as the technical expertise to deliver a well-functioning website.”

Keren McCarron, Head of Corporate Affairs & Communications — KP Snacks

“Alive were professional, friendly and great to work with. Most importantly they were creative, helping us to bring an extremely important safety campaign to life.”

Jack Grasby — South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

“Alive helped us create a video of our response to the floods of winter 2019. Our Chief Officer received messages from all round the country praising us for it and was really pleased with both the video and the response to it.”

Alexander Mills, Communications Manager — South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

“I have worked with Alive with Ideas for many years now and they are by far the best Ideas and design company I have ever worked with (I’d even go as far as to say the best company of any sort that I’ve ever worked with). They are an incredibly talented and creative team, who are normal human beings, completely grounded, totally down to earth, approachable, friendly and an overall joy to work with.”

Steph Tranter, Hybrid Exec Coach & Psychologist — StephTranter.com

“Alive are unique in how much they deeply listen and invest in you and your ideas. I have not come across a company that listens as much as they do to ensure your needs are understood and met (actually - they always exceed my needs and expectations). Everyone I recommend Alive to has an equally brilliant experience. When you work with Alive, you are not only getting some genius creativity brought into your life, you are also hanging out with some of the best examples of human beings I’ve ever known.”

Steph Tranter, Hybrid Exec Coach & Psychologist — StephTranter.com

“What I really appreciate about Alive is that they work with us as partners, and care as much about getting it right for our patients as we do.”

Sara Langston, Patient Engagement & Marketing Manager — italk

“We got 'Alive' involved to help us shift mindsets across our organisation and they delivered! Using simple, clear and creative ideas the team have delivered us a campaign which has seen a dramatic increase in idea sharing and development. They’ve also played a significant role in creating a culture of shared success. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with again, in fact, we already are!”

Gavin Buckle — B&Q