“When challenged or faced with an extremely difficult decision, one that could possibly be unpopular, or could possibly focus the media on the organisation, that you had to be sure it was the right decision. You had to be sure that you yourself could go to go to bed at night and be comfortable with the decision that you made. And that’s the first part of a difficult equation.”
Jane Allen made the move to British Gymnastics nearly ten years ago, from a similar (but smaller) organisation in Australia. She chats with Nick Meakin about leading a large organisation through changing (and occasionally challenging) times, the importance of communication, and the opportunities for young women in senior leadership roles today – while also offering invaluable advice for anyone looking to make a cross-continental career move.
Nick Meakin is Head of Sport at The Playbook, the Hanover Group’s game-changing sport and consumer communications agency.