Friday ROASTing – Jess Hollingbery
Friday ROASTing

Friday ROASTing – Jess Hollingbery

ROAST • 20/04/2018

Jessica Hollingbery, New Business and Marketing Manager


Who is your idol, and why do you look up to them?

I’m one of those boring people who doesn’t really have idols, doesn’t really have hobbies – perhaps I’m a bit vanilla. But, I did once meet Jude Law in a loo and we had a conversation about a crab that was scuttling across the floor, perhaps that’s more of a claim to fame than an idol…


If you could be reincarnated as an animal, what would you most like to be and why?

I once went to an immersive food event in which I ate my food in five separate ‘lands’. In one of them I had to sit in a circle and holds hands (v. hippy vibes) and find my spirit animal. Apparently, it was a turtle. I love the water and the beach – so I guess that works!


Having recently hired some hot new talent, it would be fair to say that 2018 has already been a success for the Marketing Department. What are your other main priorities for this year?

Now we’re three years old and a full-service agency, we really want to solidify ourselves as leaders in the market. I’ve really enjoyed seeing how an idea can evolve through insights and innovation to deliver an industry first – our Voice Search Report Whitepaper – and I’m keen to work with the wider teams at ROAST to continue to produce pioneering industry content, to do our part in driving digital forward and keeping our clients at the top of the game.


There always seem to be a lot of diverse projects going on in the Marketing Department, has there been one single project that you’ve found most rewarding?

There is! We’ve recently launched Reheating ROAST, a bi-annual initiative aimed at giving employees the chance to come up with their own ideas for implementing into company structure. Our first ever activity took place last week and ideas ranged from beer fridges that get unlocked when timesheets are handed in, to discipline based buddy systems, to inspiring talks. I won’t tell the whole world who won, but I’m betting those timesheets will be very prompt from now on…


Despite your youthful looks, you’ve actually been at ROAST for quite a long time. What is your all-time favourite ROAST moment?

I can’t class it as a moment – but 2017’s Barcelona trip was just too good. I genuinely got abs from laughing so much. With around 20 of us heading out there – from the sangria, to boat parties, to team tapas, to penthouse parties and the views from The W – I’m not sure many people can say they’ve had as much fun as I did on a trip abroad with their company.