Staff profile: Ben Williams
The faculty’s new Marketing Manager, Ben Williams, has worked in gas marketing and for the Royal Automotive Club (RAC). He’s currently focusing on preparations for Open Day and the faculty’s TISC campaign. Ben is an avid Collingwood supporter and, in alternative life, used to gig around town in a Perth-based rock band.
Name: Ben Williams.
Title: Faculty Marketing Manager.
School: Faculty of Health Sciences.
How long have you worked at Curtin?
As I write this, six days.
Where did you work prior to starting at the University?
I’ve been in marketing roles in Perth – my last job was with the Western Australia’s gas network operator, ATCO Gas. Before that I was a marketing manager at the RAC.
What do you like best about your role?
It sounds clichéd, but so far it’s the people. It’s clear that everyone is enthusiastic and dedicated to what they do.
Why did you choose your current career path?
I’ve got my Dad to thank for that one. He was a marketing manager around the time I was finishing high school. I liked the look of the work he did so opted to study marketing at university.
I once worked at an oyster farm during school holidays. Oysters taste great, but farming them was terrible.
What projects are you currently working on and what do they involve?
The team is working on a number of projects presently. There’s currently a lot of work going towards Open Day, and we’re in the process of preparing the TISC advertising campaign for the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Your favourite place in the world and why?
New York City, New York. There’s so much to do, it never goes to sleep and it provides you with an experience unlike anything I’ve had in Australia. My wife, Kirsten, and I like it so much we’ve been four times.
Your favourite cuisine and why?
I’m a big fan of Southern American foods – soul food. If you can put hot sauce on it, or in it, chances are I’ll like it.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ – Ferris Bueller.
Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?
A long, long time ago I played in an alternative rock band in Perth. My entire family are passionate Collingwood supporters. Me, my wife, our two kids (Noah, seven, and Flynn, four). Sorry Eagles and Dockers fans…