Helen Symonds joins Pure Renewables.

26 November 2020

We’re excited to see that following a successful start at Pure Renewables, Helen Symonds has been featured in a Business Works Magazine article.


In this special feature Helen tells us more about her story, experience and recent appointment as our Sales & Marketing Manager. Read the below excerpt to find out more plus to see a quote from Managing Director Chris Whitelock and link to the full piece on the Business Works Magazine website.



After a long career in hospitality and events, this year has seen a career change for Helen, who is now the sales and marketing manager at Hull-based eco-energy firm Pure Renewables. We chat with her about her professional background and plans for the future…


Helen, could you please tell us a little about your background?


I have been involved in hospitality, sales and events since I embarked on my working career. Starting in sales support, sales research and event management at the Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, I was lucky enough to work on some amazing events, such as the Scottish PGA & the G8 Summit and to learn from some amazingly talented people.


Moving into regional sales roles, covering territories across the Midlands, the North East and Yorkshire, I learnt account management, training with IHG (InterContinental Hotel Group) on account plans, total account management and solution-based selling, ahead of moving into sales leadership. One of my scariest moments was a two-minute sales elevator pitch live on stage at a black tie dinner for 800 guests at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, when I was a finalist at the National Sales Awards.


Moving back to Yorkshire (Hull being home for me) I took the role of director of sales and marketing with DoubleTree by Hilton Hull, 12 months prior to the hotel opening. My job included commercial activation, developing systems, recruiting, training and coaching the team. Then I moved up to Hilton Corporate head office, taking on a role looking after a vertical market, managing accounts across the UK and producing business into Hilton hotels globally.


Most recently, and predominantly due to the unprecedented challenges of this year, my career has taken an unexpected twist in its path and brought about a fantastic new opportunity to transfer my skills to a completely different industry.


In October, I joined Pure Renewables, to lead its sales and marketing. And now I’m learning more about the world of renewable energy every day!


Click here to read the full article by Business Works Magazine.




Chris Whitelock, Owner & Managing Director of Pure Renewables, says of Helen’s appointment:


“The business has been growing quickly over the past three to four years and to support that growth we are being very intentional in developing a strong management structure. Helen’s appointment into the role of sales and marketing manager is a key selection and she fits perfectly into this position.


Her experience in managing and delivering effective sales processes is exactly what the business needs to be able to respond to the rapidly expanding renewables market. Furthermore, Helen’s background in big-brand development will help to place Pure Renewables firmly in the renewables marketplace. As such, we look forward to Pure Renewables playing a significant and influential part in the UK’s quest to tackle climate change.”