Jeanette’s hoping for a clean sweep

Jeanette Henderson
Jeanette Henderson

IT’S all adding up nicely for company accountant Jeanette Henderson.

Almost 30 years after leaving school she has been nominated for a prestigious Student of the Year award after flying through her first year of a marketing diploma.

Jeanette Henderson

Jeanette Henderson

Not only is the 45-year-old adept with figures, but she is now proving top of the class in marketing and development – and hoping to sweep up at a forthcoming awards ceremony.

Jeanette, who has worked for long-established Hartlepool firm Gus Robinson Developments since she left English Martyrs School aged 16, has been shortlisted for a top award from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) for her dedication to her studies.

The director started on reception and has worked in most roles in the company – and doesn’t even mind washing up and sweeping up.

The firm made Jeanette business development director last year and she threw herself into studying and boss Gus Robinson is delighted with her dedication.

After gaining two distinctions in her first year’s study, she was nominated for Student of the Year 2011, with the winner due to announced at a ceremony in Darlington on May 16.

Mum-of-two Jeanette, who lives in Seaton Carew with electrician husband Peter, 47, said: “I am obviously delighted to have been nominated for the award and it is nice to be acknowledged for the long hours that I have put into my assignments and exam study.

“I have held many roles during my 29 years with the company and it seemed a natural progression that I should be involved in the marketing and business development side of things as I probably do know virtually everything about the company, both past and present.

“After so many years with the company it is great to be embarking on this new path. I am lucky in that the company encourages continual development of all its employees so I received support and encouragement throughout my studies.

”It’s great to be nominated for a student award. Let’s just hope it’s not mature student of the year.”

Jeanette’s 21-year-old son, Daniel, is studying to be a doctor and 18-year-old daughter Lauren is a personal assistant with skills council Semta, in Wynyard.

Mr Robinson said: “I am absolutely delighted for Jeanette as I know she put a lot of work into her studies for the exam and the assignment she produced was first class.

“Jeanette embarked on the CIM course with my encouragement and to enhance her marketing knowledge for the new business development director role she is undertaking.

“As I am personally a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, hold a Post Graduate CIM Diploma and am also a fully qualified chartered marketer, I recognised the benefits available to Jeanette and the company from studying on the course.”

The awards will be presented during a ceremony at Darlington College to celebrate the centenary of Chartered Institute of Marketing Durham Tees Valley.

The night will include a three-course meal and talks by distinguished marketing bosses.

The evening will be hosted by Philip Knowles, chairman of Chartered Institute of Marketing Durham Tees Valley, who will speak on 100 years of marketing.

That will be followed by Noel Dennis, who will give an informative talk linking marketing to jazz music in an entertaining way.

Details of the celebratory centenary event are available at or by calling the Chartered Institute of Marketing on (01628) 427340.