Working freelance for Capital Radio in the 1980s was the perfect grounding in PR, because knowing how to engage people is essential. I then had a glamorous five years as assistant to a film producer at Twickenham Film Studios and in Hollywood. I reviewed scripts and learnt about film production and publicity before joining a start-up PR agency.
In that role I communicated scientific research on healthcare to a range of audiences, but I also supervised consumer and corporate PR.
After 11 years I joined a specialist global agency before starting my own business, KT Consulting, in 2002. Through pro bono work for the Rose Theatre in Kingston, south-west London, I began to focus more on the third sector. I became the theatre's main PR consultant. Then a trustee recommended me to the charity Guide Dogs for its eye health campaign.
A contact at Guide Dogs recommended me for the head of brand communications role at WWF-UK, and I joined in 2008. My experience of working for both charities and businesses was invaluable in making a success of the job. I enjoyed leading a team responsible for the well-known Panda brand but, sadly, after five years my role ended in a restructure.
I continued consultancy work until I became head of communications at Combat Stress last year. The multifaceted nature of the role and a health cause appealed to me, and I enjoy working with a team that makes an impact with limited resources.
Katie Randerson is head of communications at the veterans mental health charity Combat Stress