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Alison Owen
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Internal Communication ManagerT-Systems
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Tonight I was proud to collect an award for our smart beehives project.
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Choosing some giveaways for a summer event called the UK Challenge
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Last week we had a charity day for Cancer Research - we raised £1,650
Some of our people took their turn in the stocks. People paid to throw wet sponges and buckets of water at you! This is me getting a soaking 🙂
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I attended the UK Cloud Awards

The award ceremony took place in London at County Hall, which overlooks the river near Big Ben. We had a lovely evening with a few nice snacks and a couple of glasses of wine.
We sponsored four of the awards and we had some of our fantastic team attending the event (that's us in the bottom photo) with some of the other amazing women in our business - Mel is a bid manager, Egle is an Account Manager and looks after our customers, Sue is Head of Sales and Konny works with me in marketing.
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What makes you different to an external communication officer?
Asked by an user (14 - 16)

Sorry - I didn't see this question.... So, I am responsible for communication inside our business. An external communication office would work more with the media, the website, social media and public relations. So I work closely with the managing director and the board of directors to explain what we are trying to achieve, how we want to work etc to our staff. At the moment I am actually also covering the head of marketing job which is internally focused so now I am responsible for both internal and external. I've worked in both areas in other jobs and I enjoy them both. They are similar and you need to make sure what you are telling people externally matches with how your teams feel and what they understand otherwise you can have problem with your staff talking about you negatively to the media. Is communications an area that interests you?
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A very busy week....Monday in Glasgow
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A very busy week... Friday - back home and looking very tired and yukky
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A very busy week ... Thursday and I am back in the UK

I arrived back to Stansted airport at 7am to some snow! Before driving to Bristol in the afternoon.
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A very busy week... Tuesday in Manchester (via Crewe) on the train
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We are December!

We received the new UK Challenge desk calendars this week and one of our T-Systems teams is featured crossing the line as the picture for December (saving the best for last!). The UK Challenge is a three-day event which takes place each summer - last year it was in Scotland - and features around 60 teams competing in lots of mental and physical challenges. It's also about raising money for charity - we won the award for Best Fundraising Company with an amazing £14K for Help for Heroes.
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Back to school...

Last week I went back to my old school to support a Year 11 career's lesson.
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Chocolate brownies

My baking for the World's biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support...
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On my way to Manchester

Meeting Christoph, our Managing Director, at Crewe station to travel on to our Manchester office. We have a 'Meet the MD' session where we talk about our plans and the progress we've made so far this year.
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Famous... on Deutsche Telekom' s Instagram feed for 11.4k followers

We were asked to send in photos that feature our corporate colour - Magenta. So I sent in a picture of me with our concrete cow called Magenta. She is part of Milton Keynes' 50th birthday celebrations to raise money for local charities. I am now officially famous for sitting on a cow!
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We also have a pink cow called Magenta

Businesses in Milton Keynes are celebrating the city's 50th birthday by sponsoring concrete cows in aid of local charities - our cow is called Magenta and we are supporting Willen Hospice. Our cow will be out an about over the summer - why not see if you can spot her on her travels. She is outside Red Bull Racing this week and then she is going to a charity event at Willen Hospice. This is part of our commitment to give something back to our local communities.
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We all get a paid day off to volunteer for charity

I went with a group of work friends to help clear a special type of weed (called Himalayan Balsam) in a park in Milton Keynes to allow our local plants to grow and support our native wildlife. We had a great time although it was very rainy and wet. A lovely lady who live in the house next to the river made us all a cup of tea to help warm us up and we had lots of biscuits.
This is our last bucket of the weeds... we filled at least 30!
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Everyone seems to like our new phone covers

I worked with our IT team who were giving out the new work phones to order some new covers with our logo on. People had a choice of pink or clear... I think the pink is best ?
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Do you like organising events? Do you like your job???‍♀️?
Asked by a student (8 - 10)

Morning! I do like organising events although it can be very busy. I have to write lots of lists of all the things I need to do. It can be really good fun and we get to organise events in some amazing places like St Paul's Cathedral; the Gherkin and places where they test racing cars. But I don't just organise events - I also help people in our company understand what we are trying to do by communicating on our internal website and internal social media (a bit like Facebook) - so it is a bit like being a teacher because you have to think of all the things people need to know and work out the best way to help them get information and to understand it. Do you know what job you'd like to do when you are older? I think when I was young I wanted to be a teacher or work in a library ?
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Ran my 5km
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Monday morning commute to London
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