Name: Jane Charlton
Position and department: Programme Director, Masters in Finance
- You’re Programme Director, Masters in Finance. Can you tell us more about your role?
I am responsible for the delivery of the Masters in Finance programme and ultimately the overall student experience. We have around 280 students at any one time, studying in full and part time formats. I work with the Executive Director to define the long term strategy, ensuring the programme retains its world leading status.
- What does your typical LBS day look like?
It’s extremely varied, which is what makes it so interesting. I can go from reviewing budgets, to hearing student feedback, to writing promotional material. I get to work with a lot of different stakeholders, so inevitably there are a lot of meetings to attend and a lot of follow up actions. I find diet coke helps!
- What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?
Is the Windsor officially on campus? Just kidding, it has to be the front lawn (on a picnic blanket in the sunshine chatting to great colleagues... and if there is a cold glass of white wine from the Windsor then even better!)
- What is top of your bucket list?
I am not a massive fan of ‘bucket lists’ – it adds a pressure I am not comfortable with. It reminds me of New Year’s Resolutions. That’s not to say I don’t have things I want to do in life, but it changes depending on circumstances. Right now I would like to take the kids to travel around South America (they have become slightly obsessed since the football world cup) and I particularly want to see the Galapagos Islands.
- Who would play you in the film of your life?
Miranda Hart – I think we are about the same height!
- Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
It would have to be my closest friends with Ottolenghi to cook the dinner, Lionel Richie for the retro tunes, Alan Carr for the laughs and Murakami to explain his existential works of fiction.
- What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Life is full of choices – take responsibility for the actions you take and live in the moment.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
It’s a cliché but I am not sure how you can be a mother and not say it is your children. I was also pretty chuffed with my London marathon fundraising efforts last year for Children with Cancer.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Be authentic – it’s an existential moto!
- Tell us something surprising about you
I am related to Emily Wilding Davison, a suffragette who threw herself under the Kings horse at the 1913 Derby. It drives me mad when I hear people don’t vote!