JWT's Patricia Mann dies after long fight

Patricia Mann, the former JWT director and one of the first women to reach senior management level at a UK agency, has died aged 68.

This week, tributes poured in for the ex-JWT international vice-president and head of external affairs for the JWT group, who lost her long battle with cancer at Trinity Hospice in Clapham on Friday.

A one-time copywriter, Mann became an influential figure in industry policy-making and played a key role in the extension of the self-regulation system across Europe.

In 1996, she was awarded an OBE for her services to the Government's Food Advisory Committee.

Alison Burns, the JWT chief executive, said: "Patricia was an amazing woman whose creativity and extraordinary intellect led to a unique career."

Despite failing health, Mann remained active within the industry until early summer. At the time of her death, she was still a governor of the History of Advertising Trust.

Mann's funeral will take place next Thursday at 3pm at Mortlake Crematorium. No flowers but donations to Cancer Research UK. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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