Jessica Howells

Project Manager

  • LocationBearsted, Maidstone, United Kingdom

About me


Overview Jessica has worked as a freelance journalist, literary editor and writer, covering an array of subjects from various industries including the arts, education, charity and business. She has held various editorial roles including Features Editor for a travel retail business magazine, responsible for news reporting and writing analytical commentary on the duty free and travel retail industry. During this time she also covered all aspects of reporting on the industry, from suppliers and brand owners to retailers, airports and airlines. During her career Jessica has also worked in public relations, particularly in travel retail, with a focus on building client reputation and increasing business and commercial development. She has run highly successful PR campaigns working with a number of international brands and retailers, adding her insight and knowledge to enhance client communications at all levels - from running press office and media relations to event directing and speech writing, through to developing internal communications and marketing strategies. Current More recently, Jessica has developed her expertise in new business development, tender project management and bid writing. She has worked extensively on airport retail and F&B bids overseeing and managing all aspects of the bid process, from conception, store / retail design and categorisation planning through to passenger profiling, developing new marketing and customer service strategies, writing all proposal sections and document design. She is also a consultant to the development of retail and marketing strategies for airport operators.



  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Print Design
  • Design
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Word
  • Website Content
  • Bid/proposal Writing Coordination
  • Writing Communication
  • Brand Communication
  • Planning Project Execution
  • Journalism Copywriting Skills
  • Sponsor Relations
  • Concept Creation Presentation

Work history


Project Director

JH Project Solutions

Mar 2013
  • Project management for the design, production and submission of tender documents in collaboration with duty free retailers and F&B operators.


Event Director

TRT ISPY International

Nov 2015 - Feb 2016
  • Overseeing the event direction, management and sponsor liaison for ISPY International conference and trade show – the leading 5-day in-flight industry event for airline crew, airlines, concessionaires and suppliers.


Executive Director, Marketing and Communications

Yam Seng PTE Ltd and Yam Seng Ltd

Aug 2013 - Oct 2015
  • Responsible for all marketing and communications including: • New business development • Business research and proposals • Company presentations, branding and logo • Brochure design and production • Website content, design and build • Managing and collaborating with architects and design agencies


Account Manager & Travel Retail Consultant

Kavanagh Communications

Mar 2012 - Mar 2013
  • Responsible for daily account management through the strategic development of robust public relations and marketing programs for all clients – including the creation and delivery of successful campaigns, supporting client reputation through crisis and issues management and developing and implementing promotional, social media and CSR campaigns for clients. Other responsibilities included supporting the future growth and development of the agency through new business success and planning.


Features Editor

The Travel Retail Business

Apr 2011 - Feb 2012
  • The development and production of monthly industry business journal including the writing of market focused features, articles and annual review specialising in the core duty free categories of Liquor, Tobacco, Luxury Goods and Fashion. Journalism on global travel retail channels, markets and operators.



BA(Hons) English and Theatre Studies

University of Surrey

Aug 1997 - Apr 2000