The British Arrows 2018 Chairman’s Award: Frances Royle

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Tribute to Frances Royle by Sir John Hegarty – Founder & Creative Director, BBH & The Garage Soho

It was in the late 80s that Frances joined BBH as a receptionist.

She lasted about a month.

It was obvious she had ambitions to play a bigger role in the agency, becoming a PA in account management and then joining the TV department.

Restless, ambitious, generous and focused on developing her skills, Frances soon progressed to become a producer. She joined the board of BBH and eventually became Head of TV and then as technology moved forward Head of all Production.

For Frances there was no such thing as a glass ceiling.

She was a standard bearer for everything BBH stood for. Talented and kind. Helping endless people with their careers. After 25 years at the agency pioneering new ways of producing film, she left to set up Royle Productions. I was lucky enough to be asked to help her. It was a pleasure. And in just five years she established her new company as a force to be reckoned with in the advertising industry.

She died aged 52.

I’ve lost a great friend, an outstanding colleague and the industry has lost an inspirational thinker and leader.