Jessica Hepburn has had a twenty-year career as one of the UK's leading arts managers, most recently as chief executive of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, and remains a trustee of various performing arts organisations including the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Opera Holland Park.
During her thirties and early forties, Jessica was diagnosed with 'unexplained infertility' and went through eleven rounds of IVF. In 2014 she self-published a memoir about her experiences, The Pursuit of Motherhood, and since then has become a high-profile commentator on the subject of fertility, infertility and IVF in newspapers and magazines and on radio and television. Already a regular speaker at Olympia's 'Fertility Show', in 2016 Jessica founded Fertility Fest (funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Arts Council), which is the world's first arts festival dedicated to the science of making babies.
On 2 September 2015 Jessica became the 491st woman to swim the English Channel, a feat which became the basis of her next book, 21 Miles to Happiness: A Swim in Search of the Meaning of Motherhood, published by Unbound. Her next challenge will be to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by becoming the first woman ever to swim the Channel and climb Mount Everest: two of the most iconic tests of physical and mental endurance in the world.
Find out more about Jessica at www.jessicahepburn.com.