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Gregory Kearns, Sales & Marketing Assitant at The Brain Charity

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Fri 08th, Jun

Introduce yourself - name, where do you sit in the business, and what does the business do?

I'm Gregory Kearns from The Brain Charity. We are an organisation that helps people affected by neurological conditions in a variety of different ways including community activities, advice and practical support. Our centre doubles up as a room hire venue as well as having our Brain Food Café. I’m a Sales and Marketing assistant which means dealing with mainly room hire but I’ve jumped into all sorts of roles in the organisation when required. 

What changes would you like to see to improve or develop your sector?

At the moment the Third Sector seems isolated; people donate but aren’t always connected to the outcome of that money or necessarily have an understanding of what the charity actually does. I think if we could change the culture and bring the Third Sector closer to the education sector then we would have a future generation who would have a better awareness and understanding of all sorts of issues.

What does a typical working day look like?

For smaller charities like The Brain Charity typical work days don’t exist. I could be producing material for our social media to give to our Comms Team, going out with our Community Ambassadors engaging with the public or taking people around our centre, showing off our wonderful rooms.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

I don’t feel wise enough to be giving anyone advice, but I wish I could have just been less anxious. However telling someone to be less anxious is rarely helpful – or successful.

Where would we find you on your day off?

Don't try and find me - my sleeping face isn't pretty and it is best for all concerned that it remains hidden.

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?

Learn from your mistakes - recognise your achievements.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

Throughout my childhood my grandparents were constantly working with the charitable sector. Every time we went around for Sunday dinner they would have so many interesting people there who they knew through the charity, but who ended being part of our extended family. I had worked briefly with The Brain Charity when I was at university, so when I emerged fresh-faced, I instinctively knew that that was where I wanted to work and start living the values my grandparents instilled in me – though I like to think that these values were innate in me.

The Brain Charity’s 25th Birthday is coming up - the party is on the 5th of July and I know a guy who can sort you some tickets! 

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