Melanie Leathers, client development group head at the National
Magazine Company, turned a dull job into a sparkling opportunity.
After leaving Leeds University with a degree in business studies and
languages, an optimistic Melanie Leathers began her search for that
glamorous job in media. Like so many graduates, she was to be
’Allen Brady & Marsh had a vacancy in its personnel department so I took
it because it offered me a way of getting into an agency,’ she reveals.
Unfortunately, there were only two employees and it involved ’a lot of
But she got to hang out with agency folk and vet incoming CVs. ’This
inspired me to believe that I too could work in advertising. And after a
year in personnel, I was working as a planner/buyer in the regional