Petrian Menzies’ face lights up immediately, as she speaks passionately about her job at the JN UK Representative Office, where she is the Marketing, Sales & Promotions Officer.
“I enjoy interacting and engaging with members and potential members in their communities. You are like an ambassador for Jamaica and Jamaica National,” she related, as she explains that her job takes her to many communities in the United Kingdom where she promotes the services and products of JN Bank through the UK Representative Office.
Jamaican born, Petrian migrated to the UK with her husband 10 years ago. She pointed out that her job included creating and implementing marketing strategies, to promote JN products and services in the UK market.
“This is quite a varied role, which includes managing and coordinating our involvement and participation in business, civic and social events; as well as,scheduling the operations of our promotional Mobile Unit,” she said.
The former special advisor at then Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture in Jamaica, said that immediately after arriving in the UK she was advised by friends to send an application to the JN Representative Office.
“They advised that it is a Jamaican company, and I thought working there would have some familiarity to Jamaica.I was right, working at the Representative Office provided a wonderful opportunity to use what I knew about Jamaica,” she said.
Six years later, she is still employed to the JN UK Representative Office, which she describes as warm and welcoming. “It is like working with family. We celebrate together and really support each other,” she maintained.
The wife and mother said that during her down time she likes to unwind by reading a good book or watching historical documentaries.The Holy Childhood High School old girl said that Jamaica is never far away from her heart, and she misses spending quality time with family and friends back home.
“I miss the vibes and atmosphere of Jamaica, the friendliness of people in general…and of course guaranteed great weather 99.9% of the time,” she chuckled.
“How could I forget the food…the best patties in the world; jerk chicken from Red Hills Road; Sugar & Spice pastries; my favourite fruits – june plum, jackfruit and otaheite apples,” she listed as other things she misses about Jamaica.
Mrs. Menzies attended The University of the West Indies, Mona, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Philosophy.She also holds a Masters Degree in International Development from Brunel University in London.