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Karen Emanuel
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CEOKey Production Group
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Market stall trader

When I was about 14, I used to make jewellery out of telephone wire and beads and sell at local markets

Shop assistant at "Chelsea Girl"

I worked here on Saturdays and during my school holidays both on the floor and behind the till. Here was where I first learned about customer service.

"Events Sec" at University

I booked Indie bands for shows for 150 to 800 capacity venues. I also ran the DJs for the university clubs and DJ'd myself.
During university I also worked in various bars and clubs as well as volunteering at a youth centre.

Receptionist at "Rough Trade Distribution"

Reception duties at a record distribution company. I made a nuisance of myself always asking questions so that I could understand how the company ran

Production Assistant at Rough Trade Distribution

I was asked to help out in the Production department, initially checking invoices but was quickly promoted to a Production assistant, Production Manager and Head of Production (all within 2 years)

I set up Key Production

I asked to be made redundant and set up Key Production with a couple of thousand pounds Key is a creative agency set up at this time to manufacture music industry product.

Key Production Group

Strategic thinker, leading a company of 54 people, dealing with acquisitions, looking after the company culture, making sure we're profitable, finding ways of increasing profitability and growing the company, coaching and mentoring staff (and others)

This one - I've been doing it for nearly 30 years and have really enjoyed the challenges of growing a company.

English, Spanish
Creative arts and design
Manufacturing and production
My Education
Genetics BSC Hons
Leeds University
Leeds, UK
Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
City of London

I liked solving problems, also learning about how things work from a scientific point of view,. I had a passion for animals and the way they behave. I disliked History and Geography but that has changed now!

More about me

I need to think carefully and logically, looking at possible outcomes that my actions might cause. I have to be able to listen and learn from others. I need to be a strong leader. I have to be able to write well and understand my accounts. Patience is always a good thing too. Something that I am learning currently is how to present and speak in front of other people which is something that I didn't really like doing,

I asked a lot of questions to make sure that I understood what I was doing. One of my bosses really helped me to develop and understand. My parents and my friends supported my decisions and were there when times were tough. I failed a few times but learnt from that.

At one point I wanted to be a Doctor, then a scientist, then I wasn't so sure!

Nothing really - I've had a long, interesting and fun career

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