Shake It Up is delighted to have Jenny Hosie as part of the Foundation’s board. As an awarded media leader with a close personal connection to Parkinson’s, Jenny’s skills and experience have played a significant role in our quest for a cure.
Jenny has had a long and successful career in the media industry. After more than 20 years in the media, at both PBL Media and Seven West Media (SWM), Jenny launched SWM’s integrated sales division SMG RED in 2008. RED has since re-defined how advertising agencies and clients engage with the media.
RED’s portfolio has recently expanded to include Seven West Media’s joint venture management division, Seven West Ventures, as well as Live Events and Touring Division, Red LIVE.
In 2013, Jenny was named Media Sales Woman of the Year in the B&T Women in Media awards.
We asked Jenny a few questions about her role and a couple of her favourite passions.
What attracted you to Shake It Up?
My husband Andrew has been battling Parkinson’s Disease for 25 years. So it’s safe to say that I have seen first hand the widespread impact that the disease can have on those who suffer from it and their loved ones.
Being part of Shake It Up enables me to play an active role in the vital fundraising efforts which will ultimately lead us to a cure for this insidious disease.
What are you most looking forward to about your new role with the Foundation?
Not only am I looking forward to the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the efforts of the foundation, but I am also excited to have the opportunity to learn more about the research being conducted, the breakthroughs being made, and the progress in treatments happening around the world.
What drives your commitment to Parkinson’s research?
In 1991, at the age of 30 my husband Andrew was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. Our family has endured the Parkinson’s journey alongside Andrew for 25 years, as he has worked his way through many different treatment options including the very successful Deep Brain Stimulation in 2005.
What drives my commitment to the research is the knowledge that I can play a role in enabling a cure!
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Somewhere quiet and by the sea.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
It’s all about my precious family….my number one priority.