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"It’s more important than ever that we demonstrate inspirational leadership."

Welcome to #UCVoices, a speed read series that shines a light on our vibrant network of clients and collaborators and the amazing things they are doing in our industry.

First up is Jennifer Thomas, Director of Internal Communications & Experience at Direct Line Group in London.

Jennifer is a dynamic communications leader with experience spanning corporate, brand, internal and crisis communications, as well as corporate social responsibility. She has a passion for driving high-performance teams, but we know her best for her inspiring, inclusive and flexible approach to leadership.

Jennifer, can you recommend a restaurant anywhere in the world?

J.Sheekey and Yauatcha in London are my favourites.

What’s your best celeb spot?

Wesley Snipes – back when I was in university in California – we all went to his house for a party!

Name your top 3 podcasts.

I’m terrible for starting podcasts and then not finishing them! But I love self-help and mental health ones. The last one I listened to in its entirety was the Duchess of Cambridge’s episode on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast – I was intrigued to hear what she had to say.

What’s next in engagement?

As businesses and organisations grapple with keeping an engaged workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the uprising from the Black community following the injustice of George Floyd, it’s more important than ever that we keep the lines of communication open with our employees. Communicators and leadership have a unique opportunity to move forward, rather than fall backwards.

What’s more important – personal purpose or corporate purpose?

Personal purpose – it enables you to connect better with a corporate purpose.

Check out #UCVoices on social to meet more of our inspiring network and look out for upcoming profiles including in-depth interviews, features and spotlights.