Chris Lawrance

managing director

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What brought you to JBP?

I had worked in-house and wanted to give agency a go - and 25 years later I’m still here, so I must have made the right decision. I had worked in media roles for the Central Office of Information, the government’s press agency and the Association of Free Newspapers previously but wanted to gain experience of working in a fast-paced agency environment. JBP were considered one of the top consultancies to work for and I haven’t looked back. Agencies provide a variety of work, so it doesn’t feel that you’re in one job for a long time. They also provide you with a range of skills rather than being pigeon holed into a specific position when working for one organisation.

Tell us about your role:

As Managing Director of our regional operations, I am responsible for the successful running of this aspect of the business. With a background in PR, I am also still very involved in supporting and driving this part of the business. Recently, I took on a new additional role, heading up JBP’s new ventures. I am extremely excited about this opportunity having previously run my own business. JBP new ventures will draw upon our expertise, knowledge and networks to create a range of assets that we own. Watch this space!

How does Chris make it brilliant?

Thinking unconventionally to make our clients stand out from the crowd, managing reputation when the going gets tough and brokering partnerships which are mutually beneficial.

And finally, what do you do in your spare time? 

I'm a bit of a sports addict, much to the annoyance of my wife and three girls, although my eldest now plays women’s rugby - much to my delight (and encouragement!). When I’ve got the time, I like nothing better than to wind down with a good book. Still on the bucket list is the Lions tour and joining England’s barmy army for the Ashes in Australia.

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