It was less the done thing then and rather risky after 20 years at a top agency. But at a lunch with Paul Hayes, then Times Newspapers general manager, he asked me who'd be my pick to pull together all NI's resources to create a new sales proposition.
As it turns out, Paul's choice was me. I spent two weeks mulling over the proposition and have never looked back. The move transformed my career and passion for the industry.
Being part of a successful global media organisation means being at the cutting edge. There's a real opportunity to learn, be creative and make an impact. Agency experience brings a different perspective to the business and having an inspiring boss transforms your working life.