Ever Wondered about Pearl and Dean's CEO, Kathryn Jacob OBE?

In the week we received confirmation of cinemas re-opening, we were lucky enough to have caught up with Kathryn in this month's Ever Wondered.

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What does your morning routine look like? 

My initial morning routine consists of taking two dogs on a walk and trying to avoid shouting random instructions (“Good boy”, “Leave it”) to bewildered recipients of any phone call I have made while walking. I do, of course, make sure I am clean, appropriately dressed and tidy before I start my work day.   

What food outlet are you most looking forward to visiting when you’re back in the office?

All of them, frankly. The joy of not opening the fridge to be confronted by the remnants of your supposed meal plan brings joy to my heart. I am also missing our in house supply of Joe and Seph’s popcorn.

What does an average working day have in store for you?

I don’t have an average working day although the prospect of cinemas reopening in May means that there may soon be more regularity to what I do. Internal and external catch ups, strategy and planning sessions are regular features but I am not a big fan of being so inflexible or rigid in your days that you don’t let new opportunities open up.

What is the most random thing on your WFH desk? 

Currently, it’s a dog looking for treats.

What’s the best thing about your job? 

 How long have you got? I get paid to go to the cinema and watch films. I work with people I admire and who are great colleagues, I can guarantee that I will laugh out loud at least five times a day and they make me better at what I do. Plus we have mutually beneficial and supportive relationships with our clients – be they cinema chains like Everyman or Showcase, agency groups or brands.

Who was your last email from? 

Sharon Lloyd-Barnes from the Advertising Association. We work together on the Inclusion strand and on 10th March there will be the first all sector census - All In - so we can assess the makeup of the industry: clients, agencies, media owners- the whole picture. With that benchmark we can work to ensure that we reflect the audiences we serve and  that we are an inclusive industry open to all types of people and talent. The email confirmed that another big company had signed up to take part.

What is the best piece of advice you have received? 

Every bit of advice is useful, ultimately - it may just be that the timing or delivery isn’t quite right. The one that I share the most is for people to change that needling, nagging voice in their head to the voice of a close friend because if you let your inner doubts rule you, you ultimately miss out on opportunities.

And the best piece of advice since Covid hit that’s helped with your sanity?

Be kind to yourself and those around you. We don’t know the pressures and issues that people face.

What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?

When I was very young I wanted to work in forensics. I have no idea why and my limited ability in sciences ensured I didn’t explore that option.

 And a light hearted one to finish on – If you could have any super power?

What makes you think I don’t have a superpower? I work in cinema, after all- I might just be waiting my turn in the franchise!

This is one film all of us at Oystercatchers look forward to!!


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