Spotlight on Jo Terry

NameJo Terry
Role / Job TitleHead of Documents and Design
FirmAllen & Overy LLP
Length of time in industry34 years OMG
What do you like about your role?In the very early days I loved finding out about all the clever things Word Processing was capable of and showing other people what it could do. ~I also always liked taking a very broken document and fixing it up. Nowadays I enjoy the challenge of continually improving a service that the business is entirely dependent upon.
What is challenging within your role?People! Word processing is (usually) logical and rational. There are right ways and wrong ways to do things. People could do anything and they usually do.
What advice would you give someone starting out?Don’t worry about your long term career – just concentrate on being the best you can be at everything you do and the rest will follow. And keep smiling – it’s not a job to be taken seriously. Nobody is going to die because of anything you do with a keyboard. Unless you hit them over the head with it and even then you’d have to be very unlucky to kill them.
If you weren't working in legal, what do you think you'd be doing?I always wanted to be a professional footballer but I’m not sure I had the legs for it.
Tell us about an "average" day, or if every day is different tell us about a recent dayMeetings, meetings, lunch, meetings, meetings, home.