Rebecca Shelley shares her Meaning of Life Article icon


Rebecca Shelley, group corporate affairs director at TP ICAP, conducts her personal stock take

What was your childhood ambition?

To read the news on TV

How did you get into corporate communications?

By mistake

What do you love about it?

The pace, the energy, the challenge.  The need to balance the ‘urgent’ with the ‘important’.  The growing importance of reputation, and its central role in working with the Board and management team in establishing and managing that

What three qualities do you look for in recruits to your team?

Passion, energy, commitment

Who has been your best advisor or mentor and why?

A number of different people early in my career who trusted me, encouraged me, and told me that if you work hard enough, you can be anything you want to be

Which living person do you most admire?

My husband – his wisdom, his intelligence and his heart

Do you possess any hidden talents?

Jam, chutney and ice cream making – and baking

If you could be a superhero just for one day, which one would you be?

Batman – nice house, nice car, lots of gadgets, tackling crime - what’s not to like?

Outside work, what are you most passionate about?

Gardening (showing my age)

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

Slow down time

What would your perfect gadget or app do?

Put everything I need to know in one place

If you could go back in time to any period of history, what would it be?

I’m happy with now

Who would be on your guest list for a fantasy dinner party?

Good friends, who make me laugh, talk into the small hours and take me away from the real world…

And the meal?

Something with soufflés, tender meat and amazing pastry which I couldn’t make myself – accompanied by some very special wine