​Nicolle Jenkins

1990 Collegian

Nicolle at school

I was recently told that I was a nerd at school, but I don't think I was. During Years 7 and 8 I tried everything at MLC, even music (unsuccessfully). I loved sport, media and photography. I would always be in the dark room.

I have always credited MLC on getting me into university. If you told me then that I would now have a degree in Communications, Masters in Management and a MBA, I would have laughed.

I am managing Director of The Hub Marketing Communications and have spent more than two decades in the marketing and communications industry throughout Australia with management positions in the corporate and not-for-profit world.

As a journalist I freelanced for magazines, newspapers and radio and was part of the 2000 Olympic Games in an international media role. I currently write for a number of travel magazines and newspapers. In 2011 I was selected as a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards. I started the business in 2005 from home with only one client on the books and I now have seven employees and 40 clients nationwide.

The Hub offers an indigenous employment programme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as volunteering a significant amount of time to raising funds to support prostate cancer research through the Cancer Council Australia and hosting its own charity event, the Honda Over the Top Exhibition.

Mrs Lord, the media studies teacher, inspired me to choose the media industry as a career and photography as a hobby. I had a fantastic English teacher in Year 11. It was her encouragement that made me consider a profession in writing.

I don't have a traditional life. My husband is in the business but is the children's full-time carer. I aim to be a good role model to my girls, no matter what they choose as long as they are happy and have the choice. My 5-year-old said to me "I love my mum, she works."

On MLC: I don't know if I should share the naughty things I did at MLC as I didn't get caught. I did however get a demerit for leaving my hymn book at home.