I spent the first nine years of my career in media sales roles at Sky Television, Capital Radio, Emap Advertising and Carlton Screen, selling ideas and airtime to the major London agencies and blue chip clients.
In 2000, I joined the much celebrated planning agency PHD, as Business Development Director, working with the legendary founding partners, spending four wonderful years helping to develop the business and learning the new rules of operational management. In 2004, I joined Saatchi and Saatchi as their board Marketing Director, completing my full 360 degree journey in the industry.
Towards the end of 2005 I joined Fru Hazlitt at Virgin Radio as Director of Strategy and Planning where I led the valuation of the national licences, directed future business and platform strategy and managed the research, legal and planning teams. It was at this point my unswerving impatience finally got the better of me and I realised it was time to run my own business.
After a long-term flirtation with the idea of professional headhunting, I became a founding partner and shareholder at Grace Blue, bringing my lateral and diverse experience to the team. Grace Blue quickly became a profitable and successful headhunting firm and I felt I had found my home both as a head-hunter and a striving entrepreneur.
In late 2009, it was clear the world was changing at a pace we had never experienced before. Clients were frustrated by historical headhunting practices and ambitious talent was looking for a more personal and intimate service. With the combination of the digital explosion, economic meltdown and changing talent demands, a whole new approach to finding leaders was required.
I set up The Lighthouse Company in 2009 with the vision to create the modern headhunting firm that clients have been asking for. Our aim is to pioneer consistently in the area of true senior talent representation – offering a highly personal, bespoke “agent representation” model to the true leaders of today and delivering exceptional and insightful headhunting, built on trust, candour, authenticity and lateral thought to our clients.
We are now blessed to represent some of the most talented individuals globally and ensure they connect to and flourish within visionary, brave and ambitious clients. I passionately believe that a career should be an on-going journey of inspirational, surprising and courageous episodes. For my part, our entire focus is to ensure The Lighthouse is and will become for many, the place to come to realise and advance their professional future.
Having worked with or on boards for over 20 years, I am a firm believer that we all have a duty of care to look after ourselves as leaders and indeed those we lead. To that end, alongside renowned Psychotherapist & Executive Coach Ben McKie, I founded Psyched Global in 2016 to offer individuals and corporate boards Executive Development programmes centred around bringing psychotherapy into the boardroom via leadership retreats and individual work. Uniquely we offer leaders a place to work through their whole material – personal and professional in an inspiring and accepting space.
I am also a firm believer that we can always learn more, be better connected and remain intellectually curious. Alongside Matt Scheckner, I co-founded Advertising Week Europe in 2013 – a week of inspiring thought leadership featuring the world’s best and brightest, and a celebration of those, and for those, who work in our industry. With over 32,000 attendances it has become a meaningful and inspiring collaboration of the industry’s finest talent.
Outside of work and following initial training at Regents University, I continue my clinical studies in counselling and psychotherapy at CCPE which includes seeing clients weekly at a private practice in central London. I am a member of WACL; a regular contributor to the government’s Speakers for Schools programme, a Board Member of ChildLine (NSPCC); co-chair of the annual ChildLine Ball and proud co-creator of the debut Quizmasters of the Mediaverse charity fundraiser.
At home, I am a mother to Ned, who is studying at Bournemouth University, and Nancy, who’s stimulating her mind at the University for the Creative Arts. I love to play the flute and piano, drive too fast and dance to just about anything. Ronnie Scott’s remains my happy place with my very patient friends and a good heavy Malbec.