By Ellie Philpotts
Exciting times – our team is expanding, and this time around we’re thrilled to be introducing Caitlin Murray. As the agency’s Account Executives, Caitlin and I sat down in true comms style for a cuppa and good natter about life at M&F Health and how Caitlin got here (and tried to always stay on topic, honest!!)
- Hi Caitlin, and welcome to M&F Health! It’s great to have you here and I hope you’re having a lovely first day. Whereabouts are you joining us from?
Thank you, it’s good to be here! I’ve come from Raitt Orr & Associates, a small, independent agency with a focus on international development. We had some really interesting clients, including schools that train medics from developing countries. I enjoyed being part of a smaller agency as you get the chance to do more – there’s more trust and responsibility.
- Absolutely! So tell us about your background?
I went to the University of Birmingham – I think the magical-looking campus was a factor! I studied History and Politics and graduated in 2014. It was fun at the time living with nine others! After that, I worked near home, then went travelling for eight months with two friends. We went around South-East Asia – Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and finally Australia. There were lots of amazing memories and experiences – including learning that animals tend to roam around pretty freely in Vietnam… When I got home it was back to reality, interning for two healthcare agencies, before starting at Raitt Orr.
- Are the internships what made you interested in healthcare specifically?
My degree was helpful for Public Affairs, thinking about government engagement. I was always interested in the evolution of health, especially a module I did about global health developing in different countries. My mum’s worked in the NHS for 40 years, so we talked about health a lot at home too. And then my background as an intern broadened my interest in healthcare. The second one in particular was very different to just PA, incorporating PR as well. The work was really friendly, social and interesting, which also made me want to work in this industry.
- And did you always aspire towards a job in communications?
The degree encourages students to write and tell a story. In a political course, you learn about Public Affairs, so that’s one of the reasons I liked that side of comms.
- What do you hope to achieve here at M&F Health?
M&F Health is a growing agency – quite new, with a fresh take on business. So I like the idea of growing with the organisation, seeing the direction the clients are going in, and having an influence on that. That’s a good way to learn more.
- Definitely! On a less work-related note, what’s the best book you’ve read this year?
I’m reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck as I’m trying to revisit the classics and my sister’s a bookworm so she encourages me. The only thing that’s a bit tricky is the Mid-West accent!
- And last but not least… the famous love/hate question. Any interesting facts about yourself?
Yes – I was in the school choir that sang in the background of S Club 7’s Never Had A Dream Come True!
From John Steinbeck to the crème de la crème of Noughties pop – well, we did say M&F Health is a varied agency… Thank you to Caitlin for answering my questions, and we’re really looking forward to working with you!