Our Marketing team, based at Colten House in Ringwood, plays a vital role in helping our homes and communities to flourish. Here we discover a little more about Kim Diamond, the team’s Graphic Designer.
Name: Kim Diamond
Job title and brief description of role: Graphic Designer and Copywriter. My role involves supporting the marketing team with any creative requirements, from producing printed promotional material to digital design.
Career history: After completing an MA in Visual Arts, I worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, working on projects that varied from illustrations for a maternity magazine to posters for a political campaign, before joining Colten Care in 2016.
Interests: Reading, skiing, cooking, diving.
Q: Who was your first childhood hero?
A: I don’t remember having a hero as such, although I do recall getting really excited when Sally from Coronation Street moved in around the corner from us. I remember skipping up to her house when I was trick-or-treating one year, and barely being able to contain my excitement thinking about the deluge of incredible sweets a Coronation Street actress would undoubtedly have. She gave me an orange.
Q: What would be your ideal holiday?
A: I’d quite like to see the Pacific Islands.
Q: What are you superstitious about?
A: I’m not massively superstitious, but I do instinctively seem to salute a magpie when I see one.
Q: Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?
A: A lift engineer who could hopefully get me out sharpish!
Q: Who do you most admire?
A: Anyone who perseveres and just gets on with it. Like Chuck Close, a successful painter who became paralysed, and just adapted his way of working and carried on.
Q: What car do you drive?
A: A (slightly dented) Mini Cooper.
Q: What makes you angry?
A: Rude and impatient people.
Q: What is your favourite smell?
A: Clean laundry.
Q: Cats or dogs?
A: Definitely dogs. A cat wee’d on me when I was about five and ever since then I’ve not been a fan.
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
A: Make a cup of tea and two Weetabix, and read the news
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: My brother trying to teach me to jump off my gran’s wall, and me forgetting the crucial part of putting my legs out to land.
Q: Which TV/radio programme do you try never to miss?
A: I’m not very good at sticking with series (except, quite embarrassingly, Love Island), but I do really like random documentaries. The more bizarre the better!
Q: What is the best thing about your role?
A: Learning new things every day.
Q: …And what is the worst?
A: Sometimes I think I stare at the computer too much!
Q: What would be your desert island luxury?
A: Sun cream (with my complexion, at least factor 50!)
Q: What do you wish you were good at?
A: Playing the piano.
Q: What has been the crowning moment in your life to date?
A: Ever since I was very young, I’ve wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands. A few years ago, I managed to get a job diving out there and finally got to see up close all the animals I’d read so much about.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Sushi, or anything Japanese.
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: As cheesy as it sounds, I think being a graphic designer is my dream job.
Q: If you could bring something extinct back to life what would it be?
A: The snail I accidentally squashed on my way into work this morning.