CEO: M&C Saatchi Talk
Jane graduated with a degree in Politics in 1982 and is now CEO of M&C Saatchi Talk - the public relations division of the M&C Saatchi Group. Here Jane discusses her journey at and following her time in Loughborough.
I came for a visit when choosing what university to attend and loved the politics course, tutors and campus.
I figured you can live in a flat or house all your life but you’ll only get one chance to live on a university campus - Loughborough’s was and is very impressive.
Academically it has helped me understand the joy of learning. It allowed me to see politics through a varied lens, and contruct an argument/strategy.
Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?
Embrace it – do the reading, attend the lectures, question, challenge, explore.
Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?
Mostly socialising! I also played some sport (although well away from the professionals!)
Politics lead me to the House of Commons and a job with a lobbying company – after a while I moved over to consumer pr and have worked in that field ever since.
I now am CEO of M&C Saatchi Talk – the public relations division of the M&C Saatchi Group.
In addition to my 'day job', I am Chairman of The British Beauty Council (the industry body created in 2019 to represent this £28billion industry) and have been a strategic consultant to its sister body, the British Fashion Council, for 15 years.
My proudest moments have been founding Talk PR, having the courage to do that, winning the confidence of M&C Saatchi to back me and now, 18 years later, merging my company with the sister PR agency in the Group to form M&C Saatchi Talk. It is a work in progress but merging two companies is a fascinating experience.
The feeling of camaraderie from working in an agency and being part of a larger group – there is always someone to learn from, to support and nurture, to help you through the bad times, celebrate the good times and reminisce with about crazy times/experiences (of which there are many!).
Women have a long way to go to reach parity, feel comfortable in business or safe in society. We need to recognise that this journey will be long and hard, but it is path we have to tread to make a difference – even if that difference takes many years.