‘Financial wizards can make things sound complicated, and you feel small. Connor Broadley really know their stuff, but their approach is accessible and empathetic. If I change my mind, I don’t feel judged; it is just what people do. I love that.
The most important thing is trust. It is the brilliant relationship I enjoy with Connor Broadley, and the open conversations we have, which has built my trust over the years, giving me complete confidence in the safety of my family’s financial future.’
1961 – Born in London, with two birthdays, actual and ‘official’, due to having been conceived prior to parents’ marriage
1981 – Starts in advertising, first with Hedger Mitchell Stark, then Young & Rubicam
1984 – Joins start-up agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty, meeting future husband Andrew there
1988 – First business venture: Spanner, a freelance advertising planning firm
1991 – Loses mother to cancer
1992 – Embarks on world tour (36 countries), interviewing the world’s oldest people with Andrew. A medical emergency in Caracas is nearly fatal
1993 – Continues career in advertising with J Walter Thompson, before becoming Head of Planning at Bates UK
1995 – First daughter born, confounding medical opinion…followed by a second, two years later
2004 – First executive role: European CEO of Hall & Partners
2008 – Global CEO
Vanella remains Global CEO of Hall & Partners, and, as former Chair of the Market Research Society, a leading industry figure. She is also active in the charity sector, most recently with MHA (care for the elderly), and plans more non-executive roles — whilst always finding time for family, and her passion for travel, painting and swimming.