Kellie is the Founder of Kellie and Co, a training company created to help those working in the education sector to better integrate international students into the classroom to enhance outcomes, retention, and happiness. Her work encourages a holistic understanding of people, culture, communication and educational pathways.
Kellie also works alongside the Manchester Growth Company on their Global Scale Up programme. This is fully-funded support for Manchester-based businesses who want to grow into new international markets, delivered in the form of 1-1 consultancy and group training.
Kellie is also a Spanish-English translator, a qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, and regularly assesses new applicants for the organisation. She’s a board member of a UK SME alongside four other wonderful people.
Outside work, you can find Kellie up a hill, rock climbing, visiting a new city, or snuggling up with a dog.
My first Freshwalks was actually booked in because I’d signed myself up for the trip to the Lakes last year and didn’t know anyone, so I booked on the first walk I could – it was Knowl Hill circular.
I wouldn’t be able to tell you – since my first event I’ve been back as often as I can and it’s now a part of my monthly schedule, with 2 a month if I can (sometimes more!).
It’s a great way to get out of the office but still have a productive day, so I don’t feel guilty about taking the time off. It’s also a way to meet people, share ideas, develop plans, and make new contacts. The bonus is that it’s outdoors, and I love to spend time out in the hills as much as possible.
I’m a huge fan of anything around Edale or Hayfield. Who isn’t?!
A hot drink, even when it’s boiling outside. I’ve also got a small bag of dates that seem to have been at the bottom of my bag forever too…
I have to say the recent post-walk beer and cheese in Old Glossop was a particular treat (the size of the cheese boards helped!). With having been in lockdown for so long I haven’t been able to sit and chat with people post-walk a lot and that was a really nice way to end the trip. I’m looking forward to being able to do that more now that things are opening up.
Some of the people I’ve met have:
This is really hard because even in the short time I’ve been going I’ve met so many fantastic people. I suppose the 3 I’m probably closest to already are:
It doesn’t feel like networking at all. I genuinely feel like I’m going for a walk with friends and a wider group of lovely people! I would never go back to an ordinary networking event knowing that Freshwalks is there. You make genuine connections in a really natural environment.
I think they tend to balance each other out quite naturally. As you’re walking you move in and out of conversations with different people, and based on the pace and difficulty there are usually a couple of short sections where you have a few minutes alone to think.
The conversations themselves tend to balance out between talking about work and then other interests and personal topics – people are genuinely interested in talking about more than just ‘what you do’.
I’d love to do more exploring over near Marsden. I think there’s a lot to explore on the Heritage Trail that I’d love to see.
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