44 Team 2023

Meet Editorial Assistant Charlotte Bruce, 44’s newest team member. Charlotte’s connection with 44 goes back eight years to when she joined us on a week’s work experience. Now she’s back as a full-time member of the team…

How long have you been with 44, and what’s your role?

I’m the newest member of the team and have been here for four months. My role is an Editorial Assistant – and this covers a variety of tasks. From proofreading, interviewing, and writing articles to sending birthday cards and looking after the office, I pretty much cover it all!

Where were you before joining 44?

I graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in English Literature in June 2023, and decided to move back home to Coventry to figure out what I wanted to do. I’ve always been interested in writing, connecting with people, and all things creative.

Back in 2016, 44 was good enough to take me on for a week’s work experience, showing 15-year-old me the ropes and giving me my first ever peek into the world of internal comms. Fast forward eight years, and I’m now a full-time member of the team – which is fabulous.

The kindness of the team and their attitude towards the creative industry has always stayed with me, and since then I’ve wanted to turn it into a career. It’s a big jump from the world of coffee shops – which is all I’ve ever worked in so far – but putting my degree to use feels great.

What do you enjoy most about your job – and what’s the biggest challenge?

I am very much still in the learning stage – however, I’m picking up new skills every day. I enjoy the variety of tasks you can get stuck into on a day-to-day basis and getting to know a broad range of clients.

What I enjoy most is the team of people I get to work with. Everyone is friendly and eager to help each other – it’s an environment that encourages you to be your best. Oh ­– and the office biscuits!

The biggest challenge would be, since I’m new to the industry, trying to absorb such a lot of information in a short space of time. Sometimes it can feel like spinning plates as deadlines approach – but that is also part of the fun!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Any hobbies?

I am a family and friends girl through and through. I love spending time with my family – watching films and taking the dog on long walks together.

Games night with the grandparents is a particular favourite. Going out for coffee is also something I love, and luckily my friends share that passion – we’re always finding an excuse to go for a skinny latte and catch-up.

I also make time to travel up to Newcastle as often as I can to visit my partner. It’s always a great chance to get away and spend some quality time in a different city.

If your friends had to describe you in three words, what would they be?

After asking around, the general consensus seems to be: ‘thoughtful’, ‘enthusiastic’ and ‘bookworm’!

Any goals and ambitions for the year?

To keep on learning and to broaden my knowledge of the publications I’m involved in.

I’m excited to continue getting to know 44, the people and our clients and becoming more confident in the world of internal comms. This year is definitely one for development!

As for outside of work, my goal is to enjoy myself. My partner and I (after a long time planning) are moving in together in the coming months.

If you could choose three famous people to have dinner with (dead or alive), who would you pick and why?

It’s difficult to choose just three – can I squeeze in a fourth?

  1. Singer Kate Bush is my favourite artist of all time. I reckon she’d have many weird and wonderful things to say around the dinner table.
  2. George Michael – obviously he’s eye-candy, but I’d also really love to learn more about his songs.
  3. Frankenstein writer Mary Shelley would be great to meet, and she could tell me all about my favourite classic novel.
  4. Then I’d also sneak in Stephen King – my favourite contemporary author. I’d love to find out if he’s as scary as his books.