Meet the makers: Brown Thomas

This week the Galway Advertiser got to know Maeve Higgins of Brown Thomas.

What is your name and job?

Maeve O’Higgins and I am the Brown Thomas PR manager.

How long have you been in the business?

I have been with Brown Thomas since 2010, firstly as a BT2 press officer and in my current role of PR manager since 2014.

What made you choose this field?

I love conversation so a career in communications seemed like a natural choice. After studying arts in NUI Galway, I did a master's in PR in DIT and began work in a PR agency.

What advice would you give someone starting out in the business?

Get as much experience as you can. Nothing is as valuable as learning on the job and it’s OK to make mistakes – they are sometimes the best way to learn.

Favourite beauty product at the moment?

I love anything from Charlotte Tilbury - her ‘Pillowtalk’ lipstick and ‘Supermodel’ eyebrow pencil are firm favourites.

Best part of the business?

The fast pace of fashion– every season is different and that keeps it very exciting.

Who has been your biggest influence?

My father is a huge influence on me – his work ethic is incredible and he is a great businessman who always puts people first.

I am lucky I get to work with some amazing people in the company every day who inspire me.

What is your biggest ambition?

I feel like I have my dream job – combining my two great loves – PR and luxury fashion.

And biggest ambition outside of business?

To be a good mother to my two young children – Sophie and Sam.

What is something people don't know about you?

I would have loved to be a criminologist had I not gone into PR.

Finally, what is your favourite saying or motto?

What is for you won’t pass you by.

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