QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 83 - Page 30

Ciara joins Quality Meat Scotland QMU graduate wins UK’s Outstanding Young Communicator Award F ORMER QMU STUDENT, Shaun Bell, has been presented with the prestigious Outstanding Young Communicator award at the acclaimed UK CIPR Excellence Awards in London, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Shaun, 27, a senior account manager at Stripe Communications in Edinburgh, fought off fierce competition from young PR professionals from across the UK to claim the accolade. The judges said: "Shaun is a breath of fresh air. We were impressed by his Calum’s career on track for future in luxury hospitality sector 32 career to date and his leadership role within the agency. As an outstanding member of the Stripe team, Shaun puts people first, shows great entrepreneurial spirits and has wowed his clients with incredible results." In 2007, Shaun moved to Edinburgh to study Drama & Theatre Arts BA (Hons) with specialism in Arts Journalism at QMU. After graduating with a first- class honours degree in 2011, he joined Stripe’s ‘Star’s and Stripes’ graduate programme. He has since achieved four promotions and climbed the ranks to become a senior account manager. ❒ C ALUM MCEACHERN, who graduated from QMU in 2015 with a BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism (first class) has been working as a steward on the prestigious Belmond Royal Scotsman. The 23 year old from Kippen, was well known at QMU for taking every opportunity to develop his skills and build his CV whilst at university. In his final year, The Students’ Union created a new award specifically for Calum – ‘Most Engaged Student’ - which recognised h i s QMYOU / Where Are You Now? C IARA ETHERSON, who graduated from QMU in 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Marketing and Public Relations, has taken up the position of Marketing Executive with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). Her new role will involve her in leading QMS’s food service activity and managing the everyday running of The Scotch Beef Club, promoting beef club members throughout Scotland and The UK. Ciara is originally from Portrush in Northern Ireland but has lived in Edinburgh City Centre since she came to University in 2006. Since graduating, Ciara has worked in several marketing roles including IT Support and Consultancy firm Grant McGregor and Musselburgh- based ice cream manufacturer and retailer S Luca Limited. ❒ significant involvement with the University. Calum is now really enjoying life working on the Royal Scotsman, a luxury classic train which provides exclusive trips across Scotland and England for the discerning traveller. He is part of a close knit team which has to meet exacting standards: ensuring that guests experience impeccable service, delectable seasonal cuisine and fine wines, whilst enjoying wonderful views of the British countryside. Since joining the company, Calum has gone through a rigorous training programme, travelled to some of the UK’s most beautiful destinations, and met guests from all over the globe. Unfortunately, work on this luxury train is seasonal, so the job comes to an end in October. However, with the experience he has gained over the summer, he is well equipped to work in other five star hospitality venues, but hopes to return to Belmond in the future to continue working for the luxury travel company. ❒ Calum pictured far right Picture courtesy of Susan Flood