Kathryn Jacob

CEO Pearl and Dean


Kathryn has extensive experience in many areas of the media industry including national newspapers, magazines and radio. She has also turned her hand to running cross-media initiatives. Now as CEO of Pearl & Dean, she just focuses on film and cinema. Building on the reputation of Pearl & Dean, the team have grown their activities outside of the usual venues into pop up and drive in cinema, cinemas on luxurious ships, film partnerships and product placement. In 2016 Kathryn co-wrote ‘The Glass Wall’ with Sue Unerman, aiming to use their experiences and research to help women and businesses thrive. Since publication, they have given over 180 talks about the book and diversity. In the 2016 New Year Honours list, Kathryn was awarded an OBE for services to the promotion of equality and diversity. In 2020 Sue and Kathryn published another book, partnering this time with Mark Edwards, called “Belonging: The Key to Transforming and Maintaining Diversity, Inclusion and Equality at Work” Outside of work Kathryn sits on the Development Board of RADA, the Executive Council of Screen Advertising World Association, the Board of the Association of Colleges (sport) and the Council and Board of the Advertising Association, as well as chairing their Inclusion Group. She is also the very proud Chair at HOME in Manchester, one of the leading arts venues in the UK. Kathryn’s also been part of the Government Expert Group on Body Confidence. She has two children, two slightly naughty dogs, a lovely husband and not enough hours in the day.

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Retaining our future leaders

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