How and why did you decide to go into communications?
Initially after university, I wasn’t sure what sort of industry I wanted to go into, until I looked at communications. Moving into PR and comms felt like a natural next step, not just because I had done a humanities degree, but because I am a people person and I have always enjoyed closely working with others. A client and external facing role was something I sought and found at JPES.
How have you found hybrid working over the last few months?
I really enjoy hybrid working now that I am more established in my role, mostly because I get to spend more time with my dog, but initially I was not a fan. In my experience, early on it is always more beneficial to spend as much time in the office as possible. It really heightens your learning curve in being able to observe your colleagues and ask more questions, and not only that, being able to integrate faster into your new environment.
What areas or trends interests you the most at this time?
This is a hard question! I think all of us at JPES are quite fortunate in that we hear so many interesting points of view on such different sectors from the spokespeople we work with. For me, my interests lie in real assets and the integration of ESG across all areas of asset management. In terms of real assets, I would say that I have a specific interest in commercial real estate which stems from growing up in London, and witnessing the development and completion of such intricate, large scale projects such as the Olympic Park or Kings Cross. Whereas ESG is a very overused right now, which can be frustrating as we are seeing far too many instances of greenwashing, which dilutes the premise. I think what will be interesting in the short term will be the crackdown on “sustainable” products, which we have seen a glimmer of in the FCA clampdown a few months ago.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to travel at pretty much any chance I get, and in the last few years I’ve been exploring lots of the UK and Europe, anywhere from Bath to Barcelona and beyond. When I’m not on the move you’ll either find me in a London art gallery or museum or (more likely with how horrible the weather is at the moment) making my way through current and classic films. I’ve just watched Portrait of a Lady on Fire (fantastic movie, 5 stars) and next on my list is either Suspiria (the 1977 version) or The Banshees of Inisherin, so please don’t tell me any spoilers!
Tell us about the last book you read or the last podcast you listened to?
Since my degree I’ve actually really struggled in getting back into reading and I’m currently stuck on page 50 of The French Lieutenant’s Woman. I think it was not quite the right book choice in order to ease myself back in, but I am persevering! As for podcasts, I’ve realised more recently that I’m much more of a visual learner, so I really struggle to engage with them, I more avidly watch documentaries. Ones I’d recommend would be the Netflix Explained series or Richard Ayoade’s Travel Man. One documentary that I would have to recommend on top of these, and that probably had the largest impact on me, was Michael Moore’s Sicko. Sicko focusses on the healthcare system in the U.S. in comparison to those in Europe, and Moore lifts the veil on how dire the healthcare system is in the U.S.. I must also add that it is also not for the faint of heart, if you are squeamish definitely skip the first 10 minutes.
Name one goal, professional or personal, you have set yourself for the next 12 months
Aside from pushing myself to get back into reading and to finish one whole book, I would say one goal would to learn sign language. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, and wanted to start learning this year, but everything has been so busy! In 2023 I’m definitely going to dedicate more time to it, and hopefully by 2024 I’ll be at least at beginner level.