Meet Jess Brown, FTCT Trustee…
As part of our on-going successful series of FTCT team blog posts, giving you the chance to meet the faces behind the charity, here is the fifth of our fabulous FTCT Trustees blog posts, this week featuring, Jess Brown, Head of Fashion at online retailer Amazon, who has been an FTCT Trustee for nearly 2 years.
What inspired you to become an FTCT Trustee?
I first heard about the charity when I was working as editor of industry magazine Drapers and I really admired the work and tenacity of both our director Anna Pangbourne and all of the trustees. I was also a good friend of former trustee and ex ceo of Hobbs Nick Samuel who sadly passed away in 2010. All of the people I met who were connected with the charity really inspired me to get involved.
Having been a Trustee for nearly 2 years now, what do you think of the new-look FTCT and what do you hope for the charity’s future?
I think the rebrand is fantastic and really reflects how our charity has changed and modernized. We still have lots to do in terms of building awareness of the good work that we do and I am also looking forward to us developing some more fundraising projects in the coming year.
What do you think makes FTCT unique?
We are the only charity that truly specializes in and focuses on helping the children of families who have worked in the fashion and textile industries.
Why do you think it is so important for the industry to support FTCT?
The parents of the children we support have often dedicated most of their working lives to building their careers in the fashion and textile industries and may have worked in any position from on the shopfloor to jobs at head office. They often find themselves suddenly unable to work and this can have a major impact on what support they can subsequently provide for their children. Similarly they may have a disabled child who would benefit greatly in terms of their development and quality of life with a grant from FTCT to purchase some equipment or to pay for specialist educational needs.
Industry support enables us to continue helping the children of our own staff whose circumstances have changed. That makes it a really valuable reason to get involved.
What one thing would you say to anyone out there in the industry who is thinking of supporting FTCT?
We’d love to hear from you! There are lots of ways you can help us in addition to fundraising too. We are always looking for volunteers to help out at events, to help us spread the FTCT word and to assist us with special projects we need to complete to move the charity forwards. All skills are welcome!
And finally. Here’s that burning question we all want to know… which do you prefer, chocolate or cheese?
Wow. Well you’ve managed to pick out pretty much the only two things I would eat up until about the age of eight so it’s tough to choose as I am passionate about both! If you make me then I guess it has to be chocolate with a piece of classic cheddar a close second…
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