Sarah Jane Thomson
Sarah Jane is a driven and motivated entrepreneur. She founded her first media business in 1997 whilst pregnant with her first son and floated it less than three years later for £30 million. She became one of only a handful of women CEO’s in the City and built the business to a market capitalisation of over £80 million. Now an international business it employs more than 750 people across 15 countries, Sarah remains on the board and a significant shareholder.
The second business she founded was the children’s newspaper, First News, employing Piers Morgan as Editorial Director and persuading a number of high profile celebrities to become columnists including Richard Branson. Five years on First News is the biggest read children’s publication in the UK, with a weekly readership of over 1 million readers and now taken more than a third of the UK’s schools. The Government are very supportive of First News and indeed the launch party and each subsequent birthday party’s have been hosted by the Prime Minister at Downing Street. First News has been the proud recipient of many awards including Save the Children's Outstanding Contribution to Children Award presented by Princess Anne.
In 2009 Sarah co-founded a London based IT business, PriorityOne, which provides cutting edge technology and support services to businesses.
Sarah is currently CEO and co-owner of Addictive Interactive, a newly launching social interest networking site, whose first client Boden has seen engagement up 1400% and shopping basket revenue up 42% as a result of the platform. The business is going through its first round of money raising and roll out to brands and publishers.
2010 also saw Bloomsbury Publishing Plc appoint Sarah as a Non-Executive Director of the Company and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.
Sarah is currently a consultant to YouGov.
Sarah is on Google’s top 10 to watch. Sarah has been awarded a number of awards including Media Boss of the Year and was an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.
Sarah Jane is 43 and lives in Sevenoaks with her husband and 3 sons and is a Governor of Solefield Independent boys school in Sevenoaks. She supports and encourages her local friends/ mothers to return to the work place by encouraging them to set up their own businesses.
Sarah made her first tv appearance as a guru for CBBC “Pocket Money Pitch” February 2016 and will shortly be seen fronting an episode of Undercover Angels on National Geographic to be broadcast around the world.