She?s still Jenny from the block
By JULIA ILES
JENNY Hutson may be the youngest ever woman to chair a publicly-listed company in Queensland, but the former corporate lawyer is a Grafton girl at heart.
"I am absolutely passionate about where I grew up and my education, over the years that hasn't changed, in my work as a lawyer I was reintroduced to Grafton as I did the corporate legal work for Westlawn Finance and Westlawn Property Trust, which was a career highlight," Brisbane-based Ms Hutson said.
"My father Bruce was a local GP, he and my mother only left Grafton 18 months ago. I spent a lifetime there and attended Grafton High where I was school captain
'I am absolutely passionate about where I grew up.'
and used to row on the river."
The 38-year-old chairs public company S8. The company has acquired Harvey World Travel, Travelscene and Transonic, and has a market value of $480 million. On Wednesday Ms Hutson unveiled a plan for S8 to work with Richard Branson's Virgin group to pioneer a new style of travel branches in Britain.
She also founded Brisbane merchant bank Wellington Capital a year ago.
"I just loved the negotiations involved and was working out my plan for the next 15 years and decided to take the leap from corporate law," Ms Hutson said.
Despite her work demands, her first priority is her children James, 6, and Tom, 3.
"It is a challenge balancing kids and work, but to me my boys are always number one and I am lucky to have the right support around me," she said. "I've always kept them at home with a nanny, and make sure I am home by a certain time each evening," she said.