Jessica Howard

Future List 2018
Executive Assistant to Director General, Digital and Media Group, The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

While Jess’s professional relationship with football lasted two successful seasons with Leeds United and Luton Town, she has been a diehard Arsenal fan all her life! Now, she’s embarking on a new challenge at the Department for Digital Culture, Media & Sport to create radical social change where it really counts. Jess is passionate about enabling young women and men to realise their full potential in the sports industry. She’s excited to be part of the growing Northern Power Women network, and is actively looking to help ambitious youngsters break into the world of sport. Jess is always open to answering any questions or lend a helping hand, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to her!

What does Northern Power Women mean to you?

To me, Northern Power Women is an energising community in which we can all engage with and learn from a new collection of forward-thinking peers. It’s also about being a visible role model to others that each of us can help and support. The network is a true source of inspiration and I have certainly benefited socially and educationally from being a part of it.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement to date is graduating from Lancaster University with First Class Honours in BSc Business Studies. After undertaking a placement year at Luton Town FC, I began a new chapter in the North-West in September 2014. Throughout the three years, I thoroughly committed to my academic studies at the same time as undertaking a part-time job, volunteering at my Students’ Union, playing netball and sitting on the Executive Team of the Consulting Society. In July 2017, I graduated as just one of four students in my cohort to achieve a First and was also awarded the BSc Business Studies Outstanding Student Award. I learnt a lot about myself throughout my degree, ultimately discovering that I can reach new heights when I truly put my mind to it. I learnt the value of perseverance, communication and balance which has provided me the perfect foundation for my developing career.

Why is it important to champion role models in the North?

As a Southerner up North, I have seen the disparity in regional investment first hand. It’s important to show that there is creativity, diversity, inspiration and drive from all regions of the UK. I personally feel that there is a lot of business hype in the London region and if we forget about or discount the other sections of our country, we are really limiting our productivity and potential in the work place and society. Empowering the Northern region is something that is really important because of this.