Meet Stand Agency’s … Fiona Gildea

Written by Lara Hallett

How and why did you get involved in PR?

During my History degree at the University of Leeds I wanted to take a step back from my academic work and gain some work experience. As I am constantly reading – newspapers, magazines, blogs, books – I wanted to work where this incessant absorption of current affairs and opinions was valuable! I took a year out of my studies to work full time at the University of Leeds Communications and Press Office and I knew that this was the road I wanted to continue along.

What keeps you working for Stand Agency?

The friendly and supportive atmosphere, I love being part of a team that are passionate about what they do and always have time for each other.

In another life, what profession other than yours would you have attempted?

A photo journalist documenting world changing events and travelling all over the globe! I enjoy amateur photography, and take thousands of photos when travelling. Although my photos are mostly landscapes and animals, so I don’t think I quite have the portfolio for the job!

What do you enjoy doing beyond the walls of Stand Towers?

I love being active, and spend most of my time practising yoga. I also like to think I am a bit of a horse whisperer! My first part-time job as a teenager was breaking in horses for a riding school, and I have spent some time riding with cowboys in California!

What pearls of wisdom can you impart to those embarking on a career in PR?

Say yes to as many things as possible (in terms of work experience – I’m not talking Jim Carry “Yes Man” life changes!). Whether its during your work experience or internship or just volunteering, the more you do the more you stand out as interesting and engaged. Even if it does not seen obvious related at first, the more work you do the more skills and experiences you will have.


Fiona’s S.T.A.N.D quick-fire faves:
Song – Anything by Beyoncé
Taste – Cheese, always cheese.
Animal – Horse
Noise – The radio and the kettle boiling – the sound of nice slow weekend
Drink – Gin & Tonic


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