Thursday, June 17, 2021

Time Out: Kerry Ganly, PR and Social Media Manager at Penguin PR

The weekend is just around the corner and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week Business Link talks to Kerry Ganly, PR and Social Media Manager at Penguin PR.

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?

Since Boris told us all to stay home, we’ve been following his advice at Penguin PR and working from our homes – although since restrictions have lifted, we’ve been getting out and about and seeing our clients more. I do, though, like working from home on a Friday and, after collecting my daughter, Grace, from school, I like to put the radio on really loud and have a kitchen disco with the kids (and usually a large G&T!).

What is your hobby?

I have a seven-year-old cockerpoo, Martha, who loves a good walk; when we’re not watching my eldest, Sam, play football or Grace play netball, then we’ll enjoy a long walk over the fields as a family with Martha.

I do enjoy going to the gym – well, the classes at my local leisure centre – and I can’t wait for that to resume later this month. My favourite is Sh’bam, which is a dance-based class that just feels like fun! I’ve missed my gym buddies over lockdown.

I think I enjoy the dance classes as I used to dance a lot when I was younger. I have awards in disco and ballroom and, for my father-in-laws birthday, we had classes together to learn how to jive! I also love playing netball and am hoping to return to that soon.

What is your favourite movie?

It has to be a good click flick; Dirty Dancing, Grease, Pretty Woman…and I do love Pitch Perfect. I enjoy a classic Disney film, too; Mary Poppins was a childhood favourite and Mary Poppins Returns had me in tears at the cinema.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?

I’ve always enjoyed writing – a comment on a piece of English work at school by my teacher once read ‘I hope you get paid for writing when you leave school’ – and before working in PR, I spent 17 years as a sports journalist with the Derby Telegraph which I loved. I was the first-ever female sports reporter there and I’m very proud of that accolade.

I do enjoy sport and had considered a career as a physiotherapist. Or a professional dancer (but I was never THAT good!).

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

That’s a tough one…either invisibility or the ability to fly. How great would that be? My lovely Penguin PR bosses Sarah Newton and Simon Burch treated me to a flying lesson for my 40th birthday, so that’s the closest I’m going to get to flying this year!

What is your favourite genre of music?

I have a varied taste in music. I just enjoy anything that makes you want to dance or sing. I’m going to see The Killers next year with my husband and love listening to classic dance anthems on Radio One at the weekend, but my favourite is pop. I’ve been to see Take That quite a few times (I was there in 1992 when they performed at Derby’s Assembly Rooms!) – and I have a leaf somewhere from a bush in Gary Barlow’s garden…

If you could travel to any moment in time, where would you go?

I’d like to go back, not too far back, to when my children were first born. As a new mum, you often get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of caring for your baby and it can be exhausting; I’d like to go back and really appreciate those long nights and snuggles. Either that or my wedding day. It would be nice to relive that again and this time with my children there to see my husband Nick and I get married.

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