20 Questions with Jeanne Spillane, NDC

Jeanne Spillane is marketing manager for the National Dairy Council (NDC). After migrating from podiatry to marketing, she started her career with Maximum Media. In 2016, she moved brand side as the content marketing manager for the NDC and later marketing manager. She has a BSc in podiatric medicine from NUIG and an MSc in marketing practice from UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School.

01 When are you happiest?

Hiking with friends and family who also love to explore

02 What’s your most treasured possession?

Nellie, my beautiful dog

03 Your social media platform of choice?


04 The worst job you’ve ever done?

Working in in a fish and chip shop by the sea one summer when I was a teenager. It was a nice way to spend the summer but my creative input was limited to say the least… “want salt and vinegar on that!?”

05 What ambitions do you still have?

To create memorable and meaningful work, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, meet RuPaul Charles, travel New Zealand in a campervan with my travel buddy Cillian, learn how to jive and plant a vegtable garden

06 Favourite writers?

In the world of literature, Sally Rooney. My favourite writer for the silver screen is Richard E. Curtis for giving us Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually and Mr Bean. Mainly thank for you Mr Bean

07 A film you’d watch again tonight?

All of the above

08 What do some people think about you that isn’t true?

Glad to say I’ve never given it much consideration

09 What keeps you awake at night?

Upcoming trips/projects I am excited about and the email to which I forgot to reply

10 Which words do you overuse?

“Can you put that in an email?”

11 Favourite ad?

Tullamore Dew ‘The Parting Glass’ ad as part of their Irish True campaign. It is heartbreaking, poetic and incredible how they captured both that sense of melancholy and victory at the same time. Also, for an US creative agency to portray an Irish story with heart and soul and without cliché is remarkable

12 Favourite gadget?

My GoPro. The first thing I pack when I travel

13 A brand experience that disappointed you?

None come to mind specifically, but if a brand website has a poor user interface I find it disappointing and disengage with the site pretty quickly

14 What living person do you most admire? My Mom, for her support, perspective, humour and in always letting me borrow her good winter coat

15 Most embarrassing experience?

When I was 21, I was admitted to Cork University Hospital after a severe alergic reaction to something I ate. After a long night of relentless illness, sleep deprivation and medical tests, I was exhausted and highly medicated. I felt a chill while laying in my hospital bed, so I started pulling up the bed sheet. One of the junior doctors, who was updating my chart, suddenly looked a little embarrassed himself and pulled the bed sheet back down. At which point I realised I was laying on my bed and ‘the bed sheet’ I had been pulling up was in fact my hospital gown. How embarrassing

16 Your idea of hell on earth?

A job where I couldn’t be creative or with a company that didn’t inspire creativity

17 What would be your fantasy act of heroism?

Travel back in time and get the inventor of takeaway coffee cups to make them compostable

18 You’re on a dating app, what’s your opening line?

This isn’t Deliveroo?!

19 Someone or something that strikes you as beautiful?

Watching my parents dance

20 You’re on Death Row, what’s your last meal?

Gran Spillane’s vegetable soup





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