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Blog : learnpurple’s Head of Marketing takes home coveted Shine Award


learnpurple’s Head of Marketing takes home coveted Shine Award

On Tuesday 19th June 2012, Emily Perry, Head of Marketing for people specialist, learnpurple, was awarded the coveted ‘Rising Star’ Award at the Women 1st Shine Awards; recognising how she has transformed the marketing activities of the organisation.

Awarded by a panel of industry professionals including Brian Wisdom, Chief Executive of People 1st, Kellie Rixon MBE, Group Brand Development Director, De Vere Group and Managing Director, De Vere Academy, and Sharon Glancy, Founder of Women 1st; the judges identified the significant success Emily has achieved through marketing as a core component in the decision.

Since joining learnpurple in 2011, Emily has, amongst other achievements, increased press coverage by 470%, delivered £75,000 of new, new business through a streamlined e-commerce function and both edited and launched Jane Sunley’s first book, Purple Your People: the secrets to inspired, happy, more profitable people. Whilst working full-time, in order to achieve her aspirations of becoming a company director, Emily is also undertaking the Professional Diploma in Marketing (CIM) to gain an understanding of the strategic side of the role.

Emily Perry, Head of Marketing at learnpurple commented: “Winning the Rising Star category at the Shine Awards is an absolute honour.  These awards recognise talented women across the hospitality, leisure, travel, tourism and passenger transport industries and are a vital part of inspiring individuals in these sectors to strive for excellence. It’s also a great win for the marketing industry in general; a critical function, but one which is not always recognised for the role it plays in delivering business success. I’d also like to thank the Tourism Authority of Thailand for their very generous prize donation and I look forward to visiting their country!”

Jane Sunley, CEO of learnpurple commented: “I am delighted Emily has received this prestigious accolade. She is a young talented and ambitious marketer who has embraced our brand wholeheartedly, bringing a sophisticated edge to our marketing. It’s right that she should be rewarded for constantly going the extra mile. Her smart, can do approach would be an asset to any organisation and I’m very happy that she’s in mine! ”

Sharon Glancy, founder of Women 1st, says:“The quality of the nominations we received this year was remarkable. Each and every one was an inspiration.  It was a tough task to whittle it down and make our final selection. Our winners, and the extraordinary women in our Top 100, are a critical force which will play no small role in ensuring the future success of the industry. Women 1st is proud to recognise their accomplishments and we hope they will encourage and motivate other women and men to pursue their career aspirations, within our industry, with tenacity and enthusiasm.”

Held at the Jumeriah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, the Shine Awards, attended by industry dignitaries and hosted by radio and television presenter Emma Forbes, celebrate female excellence in hospitality, leisure, travel, tourism and passenger transport and are run by Women 1st, the programme set up by People 1st to help women achieve their career aspirations. The ‘Rising Star’ category, sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, was hotly contested with a shortlist of five including learnpurple, Costa Enterprises, Flybe, Rolls-Royce plc and Dishoom. 


(Left to right), television and radio presenter, Emma Forbes, learnpurple's Emily Perry, and Siripakorn Cheawsamoot from the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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