After building a wealth of experience in marketing and communications, the opportunity to join Darlington Building Society proved to be irresistible for Kim Flynn.

“There’s a feeling when you walk through the door that makes you want to be part of it,” she says. “I’ve never wanted a job as much.”

Kim hails from a New Marske family of nurses. Her mum specialised in social care, looking after disabled children, while her dad focused on mental health.

Kim’s early ambition at school was to be a pathologist. “I’m a problem-solver – I loved jigsaws and puzzles, and a job figuring out how someone had died sounded really interesting,” she recalls.

However, after taking A-levels in chemistry, biology, and maths, Kim decided that a medical career wasn’t for her, so she opted for a degree in business studies at Teesside University.

In her final year, she specialised in marketing before joining the Teesside Training and Enterprise Council (TEC) as a graduate trainee.

It was the beginning of a 21-year career with that organisation, as it evolved into the Learning and Skills Council, and then the National Apprenticeship Service.

Having risen through the ranks, she went on to become Head of Marketing and Communications with Middlesbrough Council, before joining Darlington Building Society two and a half years later.

Her wide-ranging role as Head of Marketing and Communication involves managing the profile and reputation of the Society, both internally and externally.

Kim, who has twin boys, said: “What I love about working for Darlington Building Society is that it isn’t just about promoting the organisation for the sake of making a profit – it’s about doing what’s best for members and the local community.”