Lisa Bengey

Title: Sales Director, Rural Living portfolio and North Devon Gazette

Based: Barnstaple

Hi Lisa…you look like you have a busy role…tell us more…

I look after three national magazines, Agricultural Trader, Country Smallholding and Your Chickens, as well as the weekly newspaper North Devon Gazette, all based in sunny Barnstaple!

What does the role involve?

I work with the sales teams to ensure they provide best in class service for our advertisers. I also work closely with our editors, journalists and content providers. I make sure our staff are focused, motivated and have the right tools for the job – and I still deal directly with key customers. So lots of duties but its hugely rewarding.

What’s your background?

I joined the business as a young telesales operator. I moved into field sales and then got the chance to work on magazines as well as newspapers which taught me so much about sales and marketing. I’ve been lucky enough to work on many new products and initiatives at Archant – which is why I’m still here! The experience I’ve gained throughout my years at Archant is essential in being promoted to my current role as Sales Director across three of our national magazines - and I still get to be hands-on at my beloved North Devon Gazette here in my home town. I couldn’t ask for more.

What’s it like to work at Archant?

I’ve always found Archant is good at identifying strengths in people. You are recognised for doing a job well. It could be said Archant took a chance on me as a young manager but I’ve always worked hard, always been open to new opportunities and I’m glad this has been recognised and has paid off.

What about the culture?

Archant is full of supportive people. There’s a great network of support whether that’s local teams on the ground or at our head office. We may be spread throughout the UK but it does feel like a family.

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