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Sharon Burns

Marketing and Admin Lead

5 bits of advice to my teenage self…

  • Celebrate what makes you unique, true happiness comes from being yourself.

  • Talk about your problems. You can process and learn so much from others by reaching out.

  • Imposter syndrome is much more common than you think. No one can know everything, so ask questions. A curious mind learns.

  • Don't forget to have fun, in fact, make time for it. Put yourself on your own “to do” list.

  • Count your blessings, leave a happy trail and when spreading kindness remember to be kind to yourself.

About me

As a teenager…

I was born in Stockport, South Manchester, youngest of four. I would say I was a very self-conscious teenager with big hair (it was the 80s) I always had a very visual brain from being a child through to my teens. I remember my schoolteacher, Mrs Hall, would tell us stories about her travels. I was fascinated by how she articulated it so vividly. I could absolutely see it! Years later, I still recall how that made me feel. It is funny what stays with you, the impressions people make on you. Yes, I would say self-conscious but loved to laugh. That is why this photo was the one for me as it captured me being me with no apology.

After school…

I went on to study A levels in Art, Psychology and English Language and then furthered my Art and Design education at Stockport College. A degree then followed at Nottingham Trent University specialising in woven textiles. I later found out my great uncle Ernest, who was an artist, was a weaver by day. That blew my mind!

My first job in the industry was as a Product Developer and Studio Manager at a weaving mill. Since then, I have picked up experience in Product Design, Design and Trend Forecasting, Sourcing, Curating, Merchandising, Marketing and Graphic Design.

Although I think creatively, I also think methodically and so I like to keep things tidy and organised. Just don’t look in a certain cupboard in my flat. Oh, come on, we all have one!

Now I’m…

In February 2021 I took the leap to go freelance. The intention was to offer any skills I have to work in support of charities and social enterprises. I set up Type and Face specialising in written and visual marketing. Since then, I have been blessed to have worked with incredible people who do incredible things. I work with Felicity Jones at Thinking Philanthropy on local and global projects, have worked with More Music in Morecambe on community engagement and with local creatives on pre and post launch marketing campaigns. And now, I am delighted to say, joining the team at E2M one day a week. I am truly heart warmed by the transformative and impactful work people are pioneering. If I can help support that in any way, I will be a very happy soul.