Keeping up with the Oaksers – Jonny Kerr, PR and Marketing Intern

By Jonathan Kerr, Business Development Executive

Who are you? And what’s your job at Whiteoaks?

My name is Jonny Kerr but if you ask certain people my name is ‘Intern boy’ or ‘worky’… When Whiteoaks F.C was in full swing I picked up the nickname ‘Dave Batty’ as a reference to my ‘competitive’ approach but I think my style of play is more cultured.

As you can probably guess from my nicknames my role at Whiteoaks is PR and Marketing Intern. I am here on a placement year as part of my Business and Law Degree.

 

What does your daily to-do list look like?

In my first four months at Whiteoaks my daily to-do list has been extremely varied. Mornings usually begin with reading the papers for any interesting stories. The rest of the day can include anything from client calls and writing social posts, to driving round Basingstoke and Reading in a bright orange ice cream van with my best mate, Dave! This was completely work-related, I assure you!

 

What made you want to get into PR?

I have always wanted to pursue a career where there is a lot of variety and I can be creative. This, in addition to the fact that I have always been business minded, meant that PR was an obvious career choice to explore.

 

Who is your favourite brand and why?

My favourite brand at the moment would have to be Myprotein. I like everything about the brand from the simplicity of their logo, branding and product design, to the quality and diversity of their products.

 

What’s your top tip for someone who wants to get into the PR industry?

I would recommend gaining as much experience as you possibly can! I have found it incredibly useful and insightful learning from everyone here at Whiteoaks, so finding a placement or work experience opportunity is a great place to start.

 

How do you unwind after a day in the office?

A day in the office is always followed by a gym session or game of 6-a-side football, followed by an episode or two of Suits.

 

What’s your favourite anthem suggestion for Friday’s Whiteoaks Power Hour?

My taste in music is all about variety! I am tone deaf but that wouldn’t stop me singing my heart out to anything from The Smiths, to The 1975, to Eminem. However, when there is work to be done, nothing makes me more productive than Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks (Don’t knock it until you try it!).

 

If you could be any character in any film, what would you be

Great question! One of my all-time favourite films is Dodgeball so I would have to say Peter LaFluer as we are both witty and have similarly terrible filing systems!

 

What’s your ideal getaway location?

If it’s for a few days I would have to say the Lake District where I’d go for long walks with the dog followed by a pub lunch in front of the fire. If it’s for a week or two it would have to be somewhere tropical so I can top up the tan.

 

What’s your go-to party trick?

I have never been beaten in a drinking race. I hold the Fishponds Town F.C record for the 5 halves challenge (half pints of Guinness, Bitter, Cider, Lager and Lemonade) with a time of 32 seconds. If anyone wants to challenge me I can usually be found in the Wheatsheaf at 4.30 on a Friday evening. Can you tell I’m a student?

 

And finally, cheesy chips?

Only on the weekend.