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From Uni Dropout to Managing Director and Business Owner

During the episode, we hear all about the inspirational rise of Zoe Smeeth. From traveling around the country training waiting staff to becoming MD at JAC Group and going one step further and buying the company!

We also gain great insight into a Manager and owner who is so passionate about developing their own staff and how more businesses should be retaining women. We also get an update on the Mentoring Circle that Zoe is a part of!

This is not one to be missed, particularly for the answer to the question we’ve all been waiting to hear…what is Zoe’s Rule #1.

Oyster Partnership podcast


The guest

Zoe Smeeth , ​JAC Group, Managing & Project Director

As a university dropout and academic underachiever, Zoe found her passion for buildings, construction, and property having explored all things hospitality. Touring the UK’s hot spots opening new restaurants and training the front-of-house teams eventually led to late-night burnout and the family business provided an excellent training ground to learn about a new industry. 

Working in manufacturing and on-site setups, then house building, grade 2 listed building conversions, and hotels eventually saw Zoe discover the chaotic world of office fit-out. Working contractor side both in traditional design and build allows Zoe to now lead the JAC project management consultancy team in expertly guiding their clients through the usually stressful experience of managing an office move and fit-out. 

2021 was a big year for the team with a change in ownership of the company that was formed in 1979. 

Zoe is a passionate member of The Mentoring Circle, and is continually looking to bring new and emerging talent into the property industry.

Getting in touch with Zoe:

Personal Linkedin | JAC Group


We hope you enjoyed listening to the episode!

The best place to connect with our hosts is via Linkedin > Robert Murray | Will Shipley

If you would like to be featured on the podcast or want to suggest a topic we should cover drop us an email at podcast@oysterpartnership.com.


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