An Interview with Samantha Jevons
This year we are featuring blogs about our people and giving them a platform to share their stories.
We spotlight Marketing and Business Development Associate Samantha Jevons in our new ‘Inspire Interview’ feature, where we hear from our team – what their professional journey has been like so far and their advice and inspirations.
Tell us about your career journey to date
I took a degree in Drama with some English modules at the University of Loughborough. I loved performing as a child – acting, singing, dancing, public speaking – you name it. I also enjoy reading and writing, so I chose my favourite things to study in higher education. The skills I learnt come in handy, from writing content for our marketing material to pitching to clients, delivering presentation skills, and even singing in the Crypt Factor in 2019!
I wanted to work in arts management and worked in an arts centre for 18 months whilst studying for a diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing part-time and decided I preferred marketing. I applied for a marketing assistant role at Atkins and thus began my career in property. After a few years, I moved to Turner & Townsend as a marketing manager and then started at Bowman Riley as the marketing and business development manager – 11 years ago!
What’s your favourite thing about Bowman Riley?
The family culture, how everyone knows everyone’s name and how we genuinely care about our people and their wellbeing.
What was your first job?
I worked as a bar captain in a bustling nightclub in Wakefield as a student, where I had to serve lots of people remembering the price of each drink and giving the correct change because the till was too slow to keep up with the demand!
What attracted you to a career in the built environment?
I applied for several jobs as a marketing assistant, and the role at Atkins appealed to me the most.
What’s been your career highlight to date?
I was promoted to Associate in 2022, the first non-fee-earning member of Bowman Riley to have been promoted to that level.
What piece of advice would you give someone entering the industry?
Networking events are varied; find the type of event you love and enjoy the experience – it’s important to be visible in our industry.
What’s your claim to fame?
I was once in an ITV prime-time documentary about girl power, ‘Go Getting Girls and What They Really Want!’ Pretty cringeworthy, to be fair.
Tells us something people might not know about you
I’m an advanced scuba diver.