'I first hired Jo in 1993 as my PA when I was running ad agency Edmonds' PR division. She left to go to Singapore, but in 1999, two years after I started Tartan Silk, she returned and I took her on as a senior account executive. Within a year, I had promoted her to director level.
'The day she got promoted, she found out she was pregnant, but worked pretty much until the birth. She had six months off, came back, and immediately became pregnant with her second child. Again she worked for most of the nine months, but then in 2001 left to be with her children.
'Jo was crucial to the business, and is a hugely intelligent and able communicator. Clients adored her, and I don't remember a single cross word. She is welcome back any time.'
Jo Cameron Barr is taking a break from PR to be with her family.