As a true Gemini, you really do get 2 for the price of one! Both Coco & Airlie also happen to be the middle names of my 2 crazy, funny and caring daughters, Livia & Elicia. If I reflect on mine and my daughters personality Coco & Airlie are prefect descriptors.
Coco means strength, intuitive, loving, flexible and sensitive
Airlie comes from the location Airlie beach. It means powerful, complete, bold, independent, inquisitive, courageous, inspiring, leader, energetic and strong willed
Rhona has been an integral part of the Naked Collective Journey as a sustainable start-up and a brand that champions people, plants, and purpose. Rhona's ability to be agile has helped the Executive team to focus on what has been required at times of change and she has given us the guidance and pace on how to pivot. Most noticeably Rhona has driven our sustainability agenda and challenged us on how we could do better, driven transparency and reporting in this space. Rhona embraces change as the norm and has a unique ability to drive this at pace and take people with her. Her passion and determination to encourage those to make the start of their sustainability journey on protecting the planet and its inhabitants are both infectious and rewarding to be a part of, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend bringing Rhona to your organization to drive change and sustainability strategy and action.
Niall Phelan: CEO The Naked Collective
Rhona first joined Ark2030 as a founding member and soon became a global ambassador for the mission. Rhona has since become an integral part of the operational team in driving our go-to-market strategy. Rhona understands that this is a journey to 2030 and it is not about shaming and bringing down consumers, brands, or organisations but a road map to end climate change that addresses the challenges previous attempts have had and breaks it down into actionable change. Rhona has consistent energy, the ability to talk in real actionable terms (especially for SMEs wanting and trying to bring sustainability into their business). As she says, 'it's ok to start the journey, know where you are now, where you want to go, be transparent, and report, but it's not ok to put off starting' I would highly recommend anyone to reach out to Rhona to help them on their sustainable journey.
Stephen Fern: Chairman Ark2030
iSportConnect have worked with Rhona for over 6 months now and her ability to network and build strong relationships across senior level and board management is second to none. Rhona has a natural ability to connect with people in a fun, engaging way, whilst delivering effective work and total integrity.
Sree: CEO & Founder iSC
Rhona helped develop a cross-functional NPD process for launching key products across multiple stakeholders in our business - including category, marketing, and operational teams which galvanised the needs of each area for driving maximum awareness, buy-in, and sales of major new drinks.
Danny Ayton: Drinks Category Director Greene King
Rhona is an excellent operator who brings an element of calm and confidence to any challenge; she always plans thoroughly and executes with a tenacity which is alarming! Her drive to see projects through is one of her greatest strengths along with her absolute commitment to the task and her ability to work well with others in a stretching environment.
Anthony Clarey: Head of Route to Market – Kopparberg UK
Rhona has been instrumental in turning Voltra Lighting from a project, into a business. She is a highly organised, efficient executor, and has kept the entire team focused on the goal. When everyone had their head down doing their job, it was Rhona who pieced all the pieces together. When tasks seemed too audacious, it was again Rhona who took a step back and broke it down into small enough chunks for the team to tackle. I would recommend Rhona for a project or BU that needs a project manager of high execution ability to get things done.
Lewis Cheng: Co-Founder – Voltra Lighting
Rhona - the best most super thing that you've been able to help us with is this Go-To-Market landscape understanding. The layers and the players, you really know your stuff and you've helped me translate the terminology, alongside working well, fast and have pivoted at short notice, all with sense of humour and challenger mindset - certainly kept me in check.
Julian Sanders: UpFlow Brewing Company
I first met Rhona when we worked together at Red Bull covering event management and commercial sales. Since then our paths have crossed in various roles where she has consistently impressed in her ability to manage teams, large and small and be creative in her ability to solve any problems that come her way.
Jeremy Curwin - CEO at Canterbury Cricket Club
Rhona has consistently proven herself to hit any challenge head-on, she can cut through the haze and break things down for teams at all levels to keep things moving forward and at pace! She has an ability to bring companies culture and ways of working into the future and whilst respecting the past, challenges the norm at board level to get alignment and create an innovative solution - I know during the current climate this skill would be invaluable to anyone looking for solutions to the 'new world' after all she has been doing this for years, I look forward to working with her again on future projects.
Emma Ross GM, Head of International Growth at Incite/Board Member/Keynote Speaker
I had the pleasure of working with Rhona over an eight month period for the launch of UpFlow Brewing into the UK market. Rhona brought a great wealth of commercial skills, deep industry knowledge and an ability and passion to constantly find and implement solutions in the rapidly changing market of non-alcoholic beverages. On top of her experience and skillset, Rhona is a great human, incredibly trustworthy and has the ability to forge strong, respectful relationships with everyone that she works with. I look forward to working with Rhona again and would recommend her to any start-up or market entrant.
Alan Riva - Speaker/Author/Advisor
I have had the pleasure of working with Rhona on two occasions now, the first when she worked in the Innovation team at Molson Coors, developing new product concepts in the beer category. The second when she joined The Ticket Factory, a national ticketing agent in the events space, as Sales Director working in B2B to secure new ticketing contracts. Rhona is passionate and committed in everything she does from work to home to maintaining strong friendship groups. She is driven and determined to deliver results. Rhona has a great attention to detail and strong and structured project management skills. But, it is her energy levels that truly set her apart.
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