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Begonia - brand & marketing

"My name is Begonia. I started at Gatwick when I was 16 on a Youth Training Scheme, after being encouraged to apply by my family. I’ve held many roles during my time here, but I work as a brand and marketing executive.

"My career’s been incredibly varied - from organising a charity ‘runway run’, to facilitating a live broadcast from the runway during the 2010 ash cloud crisis. I’ve also coordinated 200 travel management employees on a special easyJet flight to see the Northern Lights, and even dressed up as a Christmas pudding (don’t ask!). In fact, Stewart Wingate often calls me ‘the real CEO of Gatwick’ - the Chief Entertainment Officer!

"One summer I organised 16 different airline launch events. That was a very busy time! It’s often a joke amongst my colleagues that I'm a bit of an airport celebrity because I know so many people, but I’ve also met some real celebrities too – Bruce Forsyth and Ewan McGregor were my favourites!

My career’s been incredibly varied - from organising a charity ‘runway run’, to facilitating a live broadcast from the runway...

"One of my personal highlights was project managing the filming of one of the two Inbetweeners films. We only had a few hours while flights weren't operating, and had to manage 150 extras, organise lighting and invent a fictitious airline to bring filming to life. It was fantastic - and I even got to meet the cast and writers!

"Marketing is a sought-after career here at Gatwick because there are just so many different areas and projects to get involved with.

"It’s the people that have kept me at Gatwick - it’s been almost 30 years since I was that young apprentice, so you could say I'm in it for the long-haul."

Begonia carries her ‘celebrity status’ from work to home, where she’s a popular member of her local golf club. Whether she’s organising international events or cakes for airline launches, you'll rarely see her without a smile on her face.

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