Zoe Dowling has been appointed marketing coordinator at intu Eldon Square, one of the largest city centre shopping destinations in the UK.
Zoe, 22, was born in Liverpool and moved to the north east when she was 11 years old. She attended Kingsmeadow Comprehensive School in Dunston, Gateshead, before studying Travel and Tourism at Newcastle College.
After graduation Zoe joined intu Metrocentre as an apprentice in the Commercialisation Department in 2016, where she discovered a passion for events and developed a greater understanding of how different departments complement each other in a retail environment.
“During my apprenticeship I particularly loved being involved in site visits for big events and seeing everything come together when they arrive in centre” Zoe explains.
At the end of her apprenticeship Zoe received a Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration and was then offered at a full-time position as a commercial coordinator at the shopping centre, followed by her recent appointment to the role of marketing coordinator where she is responsible for the creation, organisation and management of events in the centre.
Zoe added: “I am very excited to be a part of the marketing team at intu Eldon Square – it’s the perfect setting to develop my skills and I can’t wait to be involved in bringing different events and promotions to the centre. The marketing and digital terminology has been a bit of a challenge and it’s been a steep learning curve; I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the new team I’m working with.”
When Zoe isn’t hard at work she can be found at her new home in Whickham planning her next adventure, as she loves travelling and discovering new places, both at home and further afield.
“I am really looking forward to going to a festival in Budapest later this year” she said “it’s not somewhere I have been before but I’m sure it will be an adventure!”
Vikki Mather, acting marketing manager at intu Eldon Square said:
“Zoe’s appointment to marketing coordinator is well deserved – over the last couple of years she has flourished at intu and has proven herself to be a creative and enthusiastic member of the team who has a passion for events and rises to any challenge.
“Marketing is a fast-paced environment and Zoe’s quick-thinking, strong interpersonal skills and positivity are perfectly suited to the role and setting. We’re delighted to welcome Zoe to the marketing team.”