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The Serious Bit
Kate heads up the Agency team as Lead Consultant having been at Stopgap since 2005. She has a wealth of experience in agency side marketing, having spent 12 years in account handling for integrated agencies such as Grey/G2, where she worked her way up from Account Executive to Account Director on a range of accounts including shampoo, pet food, paint and tobacco. This took her all over the world – Colombia, Canada, Egypt and America - working across everything from maxi yacht and powerboat sponsorship, to corporate identity and branded merchandise. She then moved to the design division, working on packaging and interiors design. She works Wednesday to Friday, in a job share with Fay Nicholls.
The Fun Bit
When I was little I wanted to be…
...a BBC Newsreader because I liked reading out loud! I loved how important and smart they looked sitting behind the news desk; it all looked very grown up and sophisticated! However, when I discovered that the anchor people had usually spent years out in the field – not always in the comfort of the studio, I decided that it wasn’t for me!
The most daring thing I’ve ever done is…
...applying to a Sunday newspaper ad for a place in the Tall Ships Race. I joined a crew in Cadiz that I’d never met and sailed over to the Canary Islands. Being on the early morning watch was my favourite thing – there was an absolutely amazing atmosphere and I had no sea sickness despite one overnight storm!.
In my spare time you can find me…
...trying to improve my running speeds, distance and technique, walking in the countryside or cooking anything healthy – the more vegetables the better!
If I were a brand, I would be…
...Mini, because I’m little but not tiny, I’m very reliable, I’m good quality and I’m a bit of fun!
I have always found every placement through you perfect and never felt the need to really question. I think I've trusted your judgement more than my own!!
Just to say that I left with an extra skip in my step following our conversation. I sense you ‘get me’ and valued your thoughts, observations and advice enormously. Thank you.
I’ve been so impressed with the support offered by Kate Boston of the Stopgap team. She listened carefully to the brief and responded with a solid and appropriate list of candidates. She was tireless in delivery, and more than anything else, she was a delight to deal with.
Stopgap has exceeded my expectations. They supplied us with two of the finest account directors I have ever worked with, but also they found them without difficulty. I believe this in part reflects their selection process but also the company’s approach in not only understanding the technical aspects of the brief but most importantly the culture and values of the candidates and the agencies involved. To cap it all, their staff – whoever picks up the phone – feel like real grown ups who understand just how critical it is to find the right fit. In a world where I suspect temp to perm hiring will increasingly be the model for expensive, critical hirings, I believe Stopgap have a particular advantage.
Kate's reliability, expertise and passion for the advertising industry has not only given me the drive to excel in the role that she placed me in but also has provided me with the confidence and support that is required in the transitional period on both a business and personal level. She is an outstanding communicator who has been efficient in all of our dealings. As a brand custodian for Stopgap, I would have no hesitation in recommending Kate and Stopgap recruitment services to colleagues, friends and agencies in the industry
A selection of my jobs
22 Mar 2017
Fab opportunity for experienced, integrated Agency Account handler to assist 2 Account Directors on UK and International accounts....... working across btob and btoc activity, you will be involved in everything from strategy, to events in India, to Press releases, to status reports and more!Location: Greater LondonJob Type: FreelanceJob Salary: £180 - £220 per day Ltd
21 Mar 2017
This small, friendly agency in London is looking for an Account Manager to help on some interesting and busy integrated B2B technology accounts!Location: Greater LondonJob Type: FreelanceJob Salary: £170 - £220 per day - 3 months
16 Mar 2017
Integrated Senior Account Manager is required for lovely North London agency, to work on a range of their integrated accounts.Location: Greater LondonJob Type: PermanentJob Salary: £35,000 - £40,000 - per annum
13 Mar 2017
This is a new role resulting from a restructure of the business and in line with the new company objectives - which signify a new approach to driving greater revenue and successful client business partnerships.Location: Greater LondonJob Type: FreelanceJob Salary: £65,000 - £70,000 per year - 1 year FTC
13 Mar 2017
Great opportunity, for agency Group Account Director, to secure the day to day ownership of a large Automotive Group business, including critical client relationship and commercial deliveryLocation: Greater LondonJob Type: PermanentJob Salary: £60,000 - £70,000 - per annum
20 Mar 2017
This Chertsey based agency are looking for a freelance Digital Account Manger to develop online digital campaigns to support their clients E-store.Location: South East EnglandJob Type: FreelanceJob Salary: £150 - £200 per day
13 Mar 2017
This Chertsey based agency are currently looking for an experienced Account Director to lead fully integrated CRM programmes for one of their key clients in the B2C technology sectorLocation: South East EnglandJob Type: PermanentJob Salary: £48,000 - £52,000
10 Mar 2017
As Campaign Manager you will work closely with an experienced Account Director to develop and shape the eCRM programme for a high profile, telcos brand.Location: South East EnglandJob Type: PermanentJob Salary: £35,000 - £40,000
16 Mar 2017
An opportunity has arisen for a experienced Account Director to join this small, independent strategic and creative marketing agency in North London.Location: Greater LondonJob Type: PermanentJob Salary: £50,000 - £60,000 - per annum dep on exp.
16 Mar 2017
A new opportunity has arisen for a Senior Account Manager to join this small, strategic and creative marketing agency in North London.Location: Greater LondonJob Type: PermanentJob Salary: £35,000 - £40,000 - per annum
22 Feb 2017
This well-known London agency is looking for a Senior Account Manager to work on integrated activity for one of the UK's leading charities!Location: Greater LondonJob Type: FreelanceJob Salary: £36,000 - £38,000 per year - 1 year
23 Jan 2017
A great opportunity for a CRM Strategy Director to work across a small network of agencies throughout the UK...Location: Greater LondonJob Type: PermanentJob Salary: £75,000 - £90,000 - Edinburgh or London