LETTER: F-H is more fun than it used to be

Reading about Rachel Bell (Profile, 15 February) took me straight back to 1995 when I joined Fleishman-Hillard as an eager account executive.

Rachel was my line manager and her charisma and energy made her a force to be reckoned with. It is no surprise that she has made such a success of Shine and I congratulate her. But the picture she paints of Fleishman-Hillard back then bears no resemblance to the agency today.

The all-male board has evolved to where women are in the majority (I'm one of six female board members). The moratorium on laughing and 'mucking about' appears to have been lifted. 

There have been numerous incidents of frivolity in the past 13 years. We're even allowed to have the radio on. And last week I saw a young man with a fashionable haircut wearing a cardigan in the office and it turns out he works here.

I'd like to think that if a bright young woman joined F-H today she would see that there is an opportunity to develop a varied and creative career as part of an energetic, intelligent and witty bunch of people who get great results.

Louisa Jenkins, SVP, director and partner, Fleishman-Hillard (consumer division).

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