Our Patrons and Ambassadors
We are enormously grateful to our patrons and ambassadors, who lend us their support, advice and profile to help raise awareness of Smart Works.
Betty Jackson CBE
Betty is one of the UK’s top fashion designers, designing clothes for both women and men. Betty has run her own fashion business Betty Jackson Ltd for over 30 years, as well as launching the Autograph collection for Marks and Spencer in 2000 and more recently Betty Jackson Black for Debenhams. Betty has won numerous British and international design awards. She is on the Board of Trustees of Creative Skillset and in 2015 was elected Master of the RSA's Royal Designers for Industry.
Jennifer is an actress, comedian, writer, producer and generally much-loved media star, best known for creating and starring in shows such as the Absolutely Fabulous, Comic Strip, French and Saunders, Jam and Jerusalem and many others. Younger fans are familiar with Jennifer as the voice of the evil fairy godmother in Shrek.
Jane Shepherdson MBE
Jane Shepherdson is a leading figure in fashion retail, having been CEO of Whistles and before that Brand Director at Topshop. Jane is also Creative Advisor to Oxfam and a patron of the Almeida Theatre in North London. Jane is involved in the promotion and support of young designers through the London College of Fashion's Centre of Fashion Enterprise, and she helped to promote Fair Trade fashion to a wider audience as a Board member of Peopletree until 2013. Jane was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to fashion retail.
We are hugely grateful for the time, experience and expertise that our ambassadors bring to their roles.
Isabel worked as PR Director for the British accessories brand Anya Hindmarch for 8 years before becoming Special Adviser to Samantha Cameron from 2010 to 2015 covering 2 General Elections. Isabel now runs her brand and image consultancy, Spearman Consulting. Having worked closely with Smart Works during her time at Downing Street, she is a passionate supporter of the charity.
“I love the simplicity of what Smart Works does; helping women regain their confidence through their image. It is brilliantly effective and the women that walk into a dressing and mentoring session are completely different to the women that walk out”.
Caroline Graham, Corporate Ambassador
Caroline Graham is a Director at Barclays and leads strategic global change programmes. Caroline is passionate about supporting women and is Co-Chair of Barclays ‘Win’ gender network. Caroline is also founder of the Barclays Win Assistants Forum and set up Barclays women’s network in India while there on a three year secondment. Caroline is also co-founder and head of online women’s platform WeAreTheCity India and is an Associate Board Member of Gender Networks.
“I am truly inspired by the support that Smart Works offers women trying to get back into work. Providing a service that helps women look and feel fabulous so that they perform well in an interview situation is incredibly powerful and will have a life-changing impact on their futures. In my view there is no greater joy than seeing a woman regain her confidence and moving forward in her chosen career.”