Black Vanilla has a core team of media, PR, copywriting, social media and event experts who work with an extended family of talented marketing professionals who bring their own expertise to our campaigns. Together we’re better.
Founder & Director
Expertise: Jade is responsible for leading the team and running the business on a day-to-day basis as well as developing new growth opportunities for Black Vanilla. The company has continued to successfully grow and develop thanks to her passion and determination.
Background: Jade has a proven track record in media buying and planning at both a national and regional level, managing multi-million-pound campaigns for a raft of high-profile clients.
She combines a strong academic background in media with over 12 years’ industry experience and boasts an in-depth knowledge of the consumer insurance market.
Jade has developed a reputation with clients and media suppliers as an intelligent, dedicated and tenacious specialist in her field. Her core skills include management, organisation, relationship building, media negotiation and flawless administration.
Why we love Jade: Jade is always striving for the best to ensure that her clients are consistently provided with a high level of service. Everyone who knows Jade appreciates her kind, meticulous and considerate nature along with her intelligence and undeniable ability to inspire the Black Vanilla team.
Outside of work: When Jade isn’t in the office she spends time with her children Roan & Arlette, and has a new found love of Gin and Tonic (sometimes at the same time! Oooops!)
The Green Mile for a good cry, anything Marvel for action and Jurassic Park for some 90’s nostalgia.
Favourite holiday destination: Maldives – heaven on Earth!
Favourite film: Anything with Daniel Craig! Layer Cake, Casino Royale..
Favourite holiday destination: Austria for family skiing holidays, Australia to experience wide-open spaces and Asia for its amazing sensory experiences.
Expertise: With over a decade of experience under her belt, Catharine supports the Black Vanilla team as a freelance PR consultant, working across a variety of consumer and B2B campaigns. With both in-house and agency expertise, Catharine’s experience covers a wealth of sectors and her work includes copywriting, media liaison and feature writing.
Favourite Film: Lord of the Rings films or Avatar.
Favourite Holiday Destination: Italy for the food or Nepal for the awe-inspiring scenery.
Social Media & Events Executive
Expertise: Beth is the first port-of-call for all things social media at BV. She is responsible for drafting the social media posts for a variety of clients and helping to create films and graphics for them too. Beth is actively involved in organising client events and managing Black Vanilla’s promotional team.
Background: Beth has recently graduated from Bath Spa University after studying for a Creative Writing with English Literature BA. Alongside her coursework, she has worked as a freelance marketer for a yoga clothing brand, written copy for Specsavers, helped to organise a student poetry collective and performed poetry for the Bath Festival.
Outside of work: Beth is a lover of all things literary. You will often find her cosying up with a book or trying to write her own. She also loves getting outside and exploring Guernsey’s little lanes with her bike.
Favourite film: 10 Things I Hate About You or 13 Going on 30… she lives for the soppiness.
Favourite holiday destination: Spain – to soak up the sun and to improve her Spanish skills.
Expertise: Becky is a fully qualified accountant and a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. She also works for a local corporate services provider, managing a small team covering a wide range of companies and trusts.
Background: Becky’s background in commercial and corporate accountancy means she is well placed to crunch the numbers at Black Vanilla. She met Jade back in 2001 and has been a key part of the team since Black Vanilla opened its doors.
Why we love Becky: Becky works both efficiently and effectively, ensuring that all money-related matters are smoothly managed. Her friendly and bubbly attitude is loved by clients and colleagues alike, making her a real pleasure to work with.
Outside of work: You will find Becky spending time with her family and friends or enjoying a long walk on the beach. She is also the proud owner of a beautiful horse and three adorable cats.
Favourite film: Save the Last Dance.
Favourite holiday destination: Antigua during a Caribbean cruise.