Spreadsheets, magician’s hats, and a brood of furry friends – it’s all in a day’s work for Account Director, Claire ‘Wadders’ Wadham!
Name: Claire Wadham (although more often than not, it’s ‘Wadders’ in the office)
Job title: Account Director
Sum up your role in three words:
Organising. Organising. Organising.
How did you get into account handling?
After completing my BA in Digital Art and Animation I struggled to get work with no experience, so worked as a banking adviser for a year. Facts, figures and forms were a little dull and I was keen to get back into the creative industry, so I took after my dad who was an account director and worked as an account executive for a few years at an advertising agency. With experience under my belt I then joined Front Page and the rest, as they say, is history!
What’s the best thing about it?
I’d say the variety and also the people. We have an incredible team here and it’s great to be part of it! We also have epic clients and it’s good to work with such well-known brands; we slot in as an extension of their team and that’s a nice feeling. It also sounds insignificant, but getting that little ‘thank you’ at the end of a tricky project really makes my day.
And the worst?
There never seems to be enough time in the day!
What’s your career highlight so far?
Being promoted to account director last year was great and I’m really enjoying the challenges of the new role. It’s also fab to see our work out in the real world, whether it’s walking past a billboard, or reading a newspaper.
What would you be doing if you weren’t an account director?
I’d more than likely be freelancing as an illustrator, which is what I trained in, but found I was pretty good at telling people what to do rather than doing it myself. That or I’d have an animal sanctuary! I’m always trying to rehome waifs and strays I see on the SSPCA website to anyone who’ll listen.
What’s your morning routine?
I’m up around 6.45am to get myself organised and feed my hairy brood of two cats (Meg & Mog), a guinea pig (Ollie) and a husband (Kenny). After a quick bowl of porridge I’ll hop in the car to tackle the morning traffic.
First thing you do when you get to the office?
I’m usually in first, so I’ll make the tea for everyone else in the room before checking my emails.
What’s a typical day like?
Crazy, but enjoyable. No two days are the same and you can never predict what you might be tackling next. One thing I can guarantee is that it’ll involve spreadsheets or schedules of some sort, catching up with the other team members on the various live projects and lots of phone calls and emails. I might also get some odd requests to make the day a little more interesting such as tracking down magician’s hats, or designing a bra for a moonwalk! At Front Page, there’s never a dull moment.
And, most importantly, what’s for lunch?
Usually soup, even in the middle of summer! That or a salad, or some random combo of things I had in the cupboard and grabbed on the way out.
Home time! What’s on the agenda?
As well as being known as ‘Wadders’ in the office, my phone handle is ‘Stitch’ as I’m rather fond of cross stitching (shh, don’t tell anyone!), so I’ll sit in front of the telly of an evening, trying fruitlessly to keep my threads away from the cats. I’ve also recently taken up netball with a couple of the girls from the office, and we play on a Tuesday night.
And finally, what time are lights out?
As above, I’m a bit of an old lady and so I’m usually tucked up with my book for around 10pm. I’ll read for an hour or so and then try to sleep as my cats, who’ve slept all evening, decide to spring to life and pounce on the bed sheets.
Find out more about Claire and the rest of the FP team.