Contact Jane Hughes

Jane Hughes Features and PR

portrait of Jane Hughes

Jane is a skilled and versatile writer, editor and PR strategist, available for both short and longer term commissions.

A former national newspaper and magazine journalist, her diverse portfolio of work encompasses education, arts and culture, PR and communications, health and lifestyle, business and travel, design, property and architecture. As a Japanese speaker, she also organises bespoke cultural tours for Japanese visitors to the UK, and tours of Japan for British travellers.

Writing and Editing

Jane produces scintillating copy for books, newsletters, reports, corporate and charity publications, exhibition catalogues, digital media and marketing. She recently edited a groundbreaking book on cultural placemaking for arts consultancy Futurecity, with contributions from major artists, architects, urban thinkers and cultural policy makers. She has also worked as an editor/ copywriter for Eyesite opticians, South East Health, Plan International, the Design Museum, Savills, Property House Marketing and the Institute of Education.

Work in Schools

Jane works creatively with schools on media projects that build links with local communities, develop new skills and provide an introduction to various career paths. In collaboration with professionals drawn from photography, design, journalism and filmmaking, Jane offers a project development service tailored towards the requirements of individual schools. Her recent work for the government’s Creative Partnerships Change Schools programme involved co-running a ‘newsroom’ at Helenswood School, Hastings, to produce several e-magazines and a professionally designed and printed news magazine.

PR and Event Organisation

With a keen eye for spotting new trends and media angles, Jane is an experienced PR consultant and event organiser. She has a successful track record of building client presence in the media and creating new business-to-business opportunities. Whilst working as PR Director for Lewes-based Sans Frontiere Marketing Communications, she organised a range of high profile events. Most notable were two cross-Channel parties, for circa 200 business and press guests, to launch new ferry routes operated by the French-owned LD Lines.

Cultural Tours

Jane organises 'off the beaten track' cultural tours in Sussex and the South East for small groups of Japanese tourists. These cater for individuals with specialist interests such as gardens, arts & crafts and local cultural innovation. She can also plan tours to the Japanese cultural capital of Kyoto, as well as Japanese pottery centres and spas (see Lifestyle section).

Background

Jane trained at The Argus newspaper in Brighton before working in-house at Newsweek, the Telegraph, Independent and Independent on Sunday. She went on to become a freelance features writer, specialising in the arts, property and architecture, health, lifestyle, society and management. Her articles have been published in The Times, Sunday Times, Financial Times, Independent, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Red, Marie Claire and Eve.

Jane has a BA in political geography from King’s College London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. After university, she became a researcher for the Work Foundation and subsequently a management consultant before spending several years in Japan. Once she had mastered Japanese, she worked as a researcher and presenter for Japanese television and as a new business advisor for the Japanese department store Iwataya. She has completed the Matrix programme for leaders, run by educational charity Common Purpose, as well as a Creative Writing certificate at Sussex University.