Me & My Job: Helen Johns, press and PR manager, Thompson & Morgan

Helen Johns, press and PR manager, Thompson & Morgan. Image: T&M
Helen Johns, press and PR manager, Thompson & Morgan. Image: T&M

How did you get started? Before I joined T&M I worked as a newspaper reporter, then I came to the dark side. I have come to the press office after a few years working in the reader offers and promotions department of T&M. I have now joined Rowena Hall in the press office and will be managing our press office activity.

What does your typical day involve? We're working to develop the service we can offer. I'm working on building better links between the press office and the T&M website, coming up with new campaigns, developing projects for schools and encouraging more people to come to the open weekend, which is a major showcase for us. It's about getting the T&M name out there. We're well known as the biggest seed company but we could do more to promote our young plant side.

What's the best part of your job? I've only been in it a week and I'm getting to grips with everything. Rowena has been a fantastic help, getting me up to speed with everything she's been doing. We're going step by step. It's important to get out and meet people and find out what they want. Journalists know what the public are looking for so we need to open our minds and ears.

How do you relax? I have had an allotment for quite a few years now and I really enjoy it. It's part of the reason why I was so attracted to T&M in the first place — I get to talk about plants all day long. I've got lots of digging to do ready for the new season and the weather lately has made everything a bit too wet, but hopefully I'll get over there this weekend and blow off a few cobwebs.

What does the future hold? There are so many projects. They are top secret and confidential. I met with the board of directors the other day to talk about projects. Reader offers have grown massively over the past few years. We're building our relationships with media clients all the time.

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