Emily Bulmer

Senior Marketing and Communications Manager, Guisborough

Sector: PR and Marketing

Emily recognised at university that she was proud to be in a role that battled gender stereotypes and continues to do this in the maritime industry through her role at PD Ports. 

Where do you call home? 

Guisborough. I’ve lived here for the majority of my life, barring my time away at university. While I loved living in Newcastle as a student, I couldn’t wait to come back home. 

Tell us about your role?  

I’m the marketing and communications manager at PD Ports – it’s an exciting role that certainly keeps me busy. We take care of everything from events and exhibitions to social media, press releases and advertising. No two days are the same. 

How did you get to where you are today? 

I’ve always had a strong passion for writing and journalism, graduating in 2016 with a first-class honours in media and journalism from Northumbria University. I wasn’t entirely sure at the time where that degree would take me and spent some time out of the industry and working in retail while I considered my future career path.  

One afternoon in 2019 one of my friends had seen a job advert for a communications coordinator at PD Ports and said: “Emily, you could do this role.” The rest, as they say, is history.  

What struggles or obstacles did you face along the way? 

As I’m sure many will already assume, the maritime industry is largely male orientated, but that absolutely doesn’t mean there are not equal opportunities for females to excel.  

My dream job was always to be a sports journalist and I specialised in that at university. As the only girl in my cohort, I got used to battling those gender stereotypes quite early on. I’m pleased that my career has taken me in such a way that I can continue to challenge those perceptions and encourage other young females to pursue careers in areas they may not have previously considered.  

Describe the moment you first got a feel for success? 

This is really tough for me, as I’m terrible at talking myself up and shouting about success. I think success means different things to different people. For me, I wouldn’t say I’ve had a stand out moment like winning an award, but being part of the team that delivered the successful visit from the prime minister and chancellor in March 2021 was quite something. It was equally as tiring as it was exciting, but that’s the moment when I felt that the hard work had paid off and we were really doing impactful work that is driving our industry forward, which was very rewarding.  

Do you have any advice for aspiring young females? 

Work hard and stick to your guns. Don’t be scared to ask for help or to ask difficult questions. Never say no to an opportunity to gain experience or connections.  

What advice would you give to your younger self?  

Work hard and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t. 

What three words inspire you and encourage a positive path?  

Stop doubting yourself! 

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