Jessica Duncanson, Business Director, External Communications

With 14 years in communications Jessica has experience across the public and private sectors. With skills in strategy development and campaign management she has a passion for five-star delivery and makes sure projects come in on time and to budget.

Career Experience: 

  • After graduating with a First-Class Degree from Edinburgh University, Jessica worked at several communications agencies including Brave PR, Burson-Marsteller, and, most latterly a 10-year stint at Kindred.
  • Having now added three children under five to the “CV of life” and seeking work that would be rewarding, whilst fitting around family life, she joined the Social & Local team in February 2019. She now delights in the opportunity to deliver great work with like-minded colleagues for clients including the British Red Cross and Food Standards Agency.


  • Working in complex stakeholder environments to deliver £1 million fee income marketing campaigns for Government clients including Make it in Great Britain, the Business is GREAT Do More Online campaign and the mass consumer Science: So what? So Everything campaign.
  • Generating thousands of pieces of media coverage for the British Cheese Board through a search for the National Anthem for Cheddar (featured on BBC Six Radio), a hunt for the formula for the perfect cheese on toast (covered exclusively by the One Show) and creation of the world’s biggest cheeseboard.
  • Leading the UK retained PR team for BabyCentre to deliver (amongst other things) the high-profile annual baby names story which helped steal share of voice from a major competitor.

What the “Social Life” means for Jess: 

“The Social & Local way of working just makes sense. At Social & Local it’s not the when or where but the WHAT you do that matters. Talent and dedication (not desk time) rule.

This means that whipping up a batch of my son’s favourite pepper and tomato soup at lunch time can be applauded, not scorned. It means that there’s a common understanding of the beauty of the 6am – 7am pre-school run ‘Power Hour’. It means that I can move the virtual office to the grandparents in August, the difference between holiday club and an actual holiday for three little people who need a break from the city. And it means that there can be honesty about a school assembly, sick child or elderly grandparent in need of a morning visit.

 At Social & Local, being a person, any kind of person, is seen as being a GOOD THING. Not just an inconvenience on the side. And what a liberating thing that is.” 

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