Profiles: Vince Taylor
In this Profile, we are delighted to introduce our Marketing Executive, Vince Taylor. Since joining PAG a little over 18 months ago, Vince has taken the lead in running our marketing campaigns and is an integral member of our Growth team. He is based in Canterbury and enjoys playing football on the weekends.
Vince’s experience prior to joining PAG, is immensely varied having started out at 18 as a classroom assistant at a secondary school primarily with SEND children. Since then, he has gone on to work at and eventually manage an Apple Store, before moving into house removals and groundwork/construction for around 4 years, doing anything from building bridges to fitting insulation.
What kind of projects do you work on at PAG?
I’m effectively in charge of all of the outward communications of the business; this can range from website copy and press releases to image creation and email marketing. I ensure all of our campaigns are going to the right people, at the right time, and with the right wording, update both the PAG and Create: Schools websites, manage social media channels, and a lot more!
Do you have a project that you are particularly proud of or enjoyed working on and why?
When I arrived at PAG, I set my mind to rebranding the company by updating not only the overall brand, but by improving and updating the website and visual content we produce. This was never briefed to me and was something I took on not only because I wanted to prove myself and my abilities, but because I thought it would genuinely help the company.
Since then, I have also gone on to produce the Create: Schools branding which is used regularly by the DfE and exhibited at events. To know your work is appreciated and will be seen by thousands is genuinely rewarding and something I truly don’t take for granted.
Why did you start working in consultancy?
There are a couple of reasons! Firstly, as you might be able to tell from my employment history, I’ve never quite known what I wanted to do. Secondly, for me, it’s never about money and more about happiness and job satisfaction. I really enjoy writing and visual work and have worked as a freelance graphic designer in my time, so always felt this was something I wanted to head towards, and being able to work in education and do genuinely rewarding work is something I really appreciate. Alex Cornish, our managing consultant for Growth, is an old friend of mine and knew I was struggling to find work I enjoyed; he offered me the chance at an internship, and the rest is history!
What’s your favourite way to relax after a long day at work?
I have a few ways I like to wind down, but I’m not really someone that gets easily stressed. I would say playing video games is a big way I like to relax, as is walking my dog, I also regularly play football on the weekends and watch as much football and basketball as I can, although you can’t really call watching West Ham relaxing!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Don’t let the b*stards get you down!” I think is a good one! It’s tough to say what the best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is, to be honest, but something I wish I knew a lot younger is to not worry about others’ opinions of you and just do what makes you happy whenever possible. And tell the people around you that you love them!
Do you have any other fun stories from your time at PAG?
It won’t be funny to read, but Gav M falling off his bike on Arran will always be a highlight for me. Sorry, Gav.
What’s the last bit of content you fell in love with?
‘Our Flag Means Death’ – an incredibly funny and genuinely surprising comedy series about pirates on the BBC, strongly recommended!