Each week Maria Franzoni, Speaker Bureau Director, invites one of her speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.
This week Maria’s guest on the show is Josephine Fairley. Having been the UK’s youngest ever magazine editor in her twenties, Jo Fairley co-founded Green and Blacks in 1991 with her husband Craig Sams, now a one hundred million pound a year brand under the umbrella of Mondalez. Passionate since her teenage years about clean, green living she continues to work as an ambassador for Green and Blacks while also acting as a consultant to brands that are seeking increasingly to become more ethical, sustainable and to embody stronger values. A serial entrepreneur, she has translated her lifelong interest in the senses into a series of successful ventures, Judges Bakery and the Wellington Centre in her hometown of Hastings, and the Perfume Society, the world’s first networking organisation for those interested in the sense of smell. Author of twenty-five books, she has contributed to a wide range of publications including The Times, YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, Red, Psychologies, and more.
Jo talks about her early career as a magazine editor, her work life balance, the Perfume Society and why she spent her twenty thousand pound nest egg on buying two tons of chocolate. Jo also tells us about her determination to prove her careers mistress wrong who said she would never amount to anything!
“The other aspect of going to listen to somebody else was that realisation that you are not a lone salmon, you are actually swimming upstream with a whole group of other people you often don’t get the chance to meet.”
Join us next week when Maria’s guest will be the Futurist Monk, Bruno Marion.