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Industry mourns Patricia Mann, IPA Hon Sec 1980-1983

The advertising industry mourns Patrricia Mann who lost her fight with cancer on Friday 15th September.


The IPA this week paid tribute to Patricia Mann, one of the first women to reach senior management at a UK agency, who lost her fight with cancer on Friday 15th September.

Mann’s contribution to the ad industry and to the world of business was widespread. A lifetime employee of JWT, she started out in 1959 as a copywriter before becoming Vice-President of JWT International and Head of External Affairs in 1977.

She was the first woman officer of the IPA, a Fellow and a valued member of Council. She held the position of Hon. Sec. from 1980-1983 under the Presidencies of Mike English (1981) and Chris Hawes (1981-83). She was also an ASA Council Member for fourteen years.

The many roles she took up throughout her life included; Senior Independent Director of Centrica plc, Director of JWT Trustees and Trustee of the National Trust Enterprises and of the AA Motoring Trust, an Honorary Member of WACL and Vice-President of the History of Advertising Trust (HAT). She also recently chaired the European Women of Achievement Awards and in 1977 earned the Advertising Association’s Mackintosh Medal for public and personal service to advertising.

In his tribute to Patricia, IPA Director General Hamish Pringle said, “Patricia Mann was a great role model, not just for the women in our business, but for all of us. She was a perfect exemplar of the saying that if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. She contributed enormously to the industry intellectually, commercially, and charitably.”

Mann’s funeral will take place on Thursday 28th September at 3pm at Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Richmond TW9 4EN. Her family have requested no flowers. Donations in Patricia's memory should be sent to Cancer Research UK, 10 Cambridge Terrace, NW1 4JL.

Last updated 15/09/2010

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