National charity The British Polio Fellowship has announced the appointment of a new Marketing Communications Officer. Kripen Dhrona got off to a quick start when he helped manage the charity’s Parliamentary Reception for Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) Day on 22 October.
Following a long and successful stint managing the marketing arm of a popular London hotel, Kripen has traded Park Lane for Polio and his strong background in marketing and events is already proving invaluable. One of Kripen’s first tasks was to get to know members, trustees and supporters at The International Ballroom Dancing Championships held at the Albert Hall and more recently co-ordinated events surrounding PPS day at the House of Commons.
“I am delighted to be joining The British Polio Fellowship,” said the new marketing Communications Officer Kripen Dhrona. “Everyone has been very welcoming and supportive. I have already met a number of members and trustees and I’m looking forward to meeting more in the months and years ahead, and particularly looking forward to my very first Indoor Games next year.”
Most recently, Kripen was a Project manager for Liquid Bubble Media, but prior to this spent over 15 years implementing group marketing strategy for The Enterprise Hotel in London, which included pioneering social media policy for the group.
“Kripen brings a range of skills to the role that makes him the perfect candidate for this position at Central Office,” explained The British Polio Fellowship CEO, Ted Hill MBE. “In a busy year for us all, Kripen has had to hit the ground running as we continue to make the most out of our 75th Anniversary. PPS Day was a great first project for Kripen to get into and find out what The British Polio Fellowship’s key aims are with regard to addressing member concerns surrounding PPS and what is just one of the first steps in our efforts to raise awareness in all the right places about Polio and PPS.”
The event at the House of Commons was part of the charity’s annual PPS Day and part of the larger 75th Anniversary celebrations. The aim is to ensure MPs are aware of the condition of PPS and how it affects 120,000 people in the UK in order to offer them extra support and a push for greater medical knowledge by professionals. Kripen intends to shout the message loud and clear in his new role.
“I’m tremendously proud to have landed this new role and PPS Day in Parliament was an exciting way to begin what I hope will be a long and successful period at the charity,” added Kripen.
Part of Kripen’s brief includes regular liaison with third party suppliers, the charity’s PR agency and the contacts made in over 15 years will stand him in good stead in devising further events for the charity in 2015 to build on the successes of this 75th Anniversary year which has brought the needs of those living with the late effects of Polio and PPS into the public area. His work on publications and brochures will doubtless come in handy as he is the first point of call between the editorial team working on the charity’s magazine the bulletin and head office.
For more information about The British Polio Fellowship, to donate or to order your own copy of the 2015 calendar then visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call 0800 043 1935.
You can read Kripen’s blog, which talks about his time at The British Polio Fellowship since joining as Communications Marketing Officer in October, here.