Beverley Brown (née Lowres) left Brighton College in 1979. She is now an Interim Content Director working on digital transformation projects and has had a successful career working for international organisations including SGS and PayPal. She’s still in touch with several other 1979 leavers and they meet up regularly to put the world to rights.
When you were at Brighton College, what did you want to be when you ‘grew-up’?
Honestly, when I was at school I didn’t really know the direction I wanted to take. However, having always been interested in English language it felt very natural for me to pursue a career in copywriting and then content strategy.
What do you do now, and what does your job involve?
I’ve spent several years working as a content lead all over the world including Switzerland and California. I’m now based in the UK working as an interim content director on digital transformation and content strategy programmes.
What are the most rewarding and challenging parts of your job?
One and the same thing – building relationships and learning about different cultures and countries has been a highlight but managing global teams is challenging, purely because of the geography.
I have also been involved in several initiatives focused on mentoring women in technology both here and in the US which is extremely rewarding.
What are you most proud of so far?
I’m hugely proud of my amazing children who are now in their twenties. Nathaniel studied Politics at Bristol and Katie studied Fashion Management at the London College of Fashion.
What is your fondest memory of school?
I relished our netball matches; we were quite a competitive bunch! I also remember “compulsory” voluntary service each week when we spent some time visiting elderly people in Brighton.
Who was your favourite teacher and why?
I enjoyed Economics with Fred Hankins and Geography with Danny Hanson. They brought their subjects to life.
What was the best piece of advice you were given whilst at Brighton?
There isn’t one specific piece of advice, but Brighton College prepares you well for the next step into the big wide world and gives you the confidence to succeed.
What advice would you give to your 18 year old self?
Be ambitious, think big – you never know where it might lead. And don’t worry about what other people think of you.
Is there a book, song or film that changed your life?
Not life changing but an abiding memory of Brighton College … the Fenwick House girls’ boarding houses were outside the main school at the time. During our exams we would walk up to school singing “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor (very loudly). I can still remember all the lyrics.