Career Timeline. Scroll through to view Jacqueline’s career highlights.

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    March 2016

    Jacqueline interviews Business Minister Baroness Neville Rolfe live on stage at Retail Week Live 

    June 2016

    The Retail Week Powerlist announces Jacqueline as the 46th most powerful person in retail

    July 2016

    ITV air Brief Encounters, a six part drama series inspired by Jacqueline’s early career and the start of Ann Summers party plan

    Jacqueline attends her investiture at Windsor Castle where she receives her CBE for services to Entrepreneurship, Women in Business and Social Enterprise from Princess Anne

    September 2016

    The WIE Network recognise Jacqueline as one of their WIE Women On The Year

    December 2016

    For the first time in her career Jacqueline appears in the Drapers Top 100

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    March 2015

    Jacqueline announced as a regular columnist for Elite Business magazine

    June 2015

    The Retail Week Powerlist announces Jacqueline as the 47th most powerful person in retail

    October 2015

    Jacqueline hosts a Fringe Event at the Conservative Party Conference

    December 2015

    Jacqueline awarded a CBE for services to Entrepreneurship, Women in Business and Social Enterprise

  • June 2014

    The Retail Week Powerlist announces Jacqueline as the 62nd most powerful person in retail

    July 2014

    Jacqueline becomes an ambassador for the Retail Trust

  • March 2013

    Jacqueline awarded ‘Female entrepreneur of the year’ award at the TiE UK awards presented by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

    March 2013

    Jacqueline delivers keynote speech at the Retail Week Live conference that focuses on the effect of 50 Shades of Grey on the business

    March 2013

    Jacqueline announced as advocate for Saying Goodbye charity

  • January 2012

    After a nationwide search for the new face of the brand, student Lucy Ann Moore from London is revealed as the new face of Ann Summers and is the star of the Valentines 2012 campaign.

    Ann Summers launches a new partnership with Shop Direct. A specially selected collection of products including lingerie, sexcessories, bedroom wear, hosiery and playwear is launched in to the January 2012 Littlewoods, Isme and Very catalogues.

    February 2012

    Jacqueline and her team of directors make the decision to put their customers at the heart of their business and recruit a panel of women, known as the Peoples Panel, to work with the buying team to design a brand new sex toy. The process will be followed by Channel 4 for a one off documentary.

    May 2012

    Ann Summers and Relate release the findings of a joint sex census, a survey which asked men and women to reveal what was really happening under the sheets. The sex census was completed by over 20,000 people and is one of the most in depth surveys of its kind.

    October 2012

    Jacqueline named ‘Most Inspirational Celebrity’ at The Inspirational Women’s Award held in aid of Breast Cancer Care and voted for by the public.

  • July 2011

    Managing Director of Ann Summers Vanessa Gold goes undercover as part of Channel 4 series Undercover Boss to find out what staff and customers really think of the business. Vanessa discovers that the business has some of the most loyal staff and customers and that they are all keen for the business to be even sexier. The programme receives in excess of 3 million viewers and drives a huge amount of new customers in to the stores and party's.

    Jacqueline celebrates the 30th anniversary of Ann Summers party plan.

    September 2011

    Jacqueline and Managing Director of Ann Summers Vanessa Gold officially open the brands first new concept store at Westfield Stratford City. Star of the store is a 6 feet tall black bunny rabbit who proudly looks over the store and the new vibe circle.

    To celebrate Halloween, Ann Summers opens its first ever pop up shop in iconic London department store Selfridges.

    October 2011

    For the first time in its history, Ann Summers airs a TV commercial which previews the upcoming season's lingerie collections and the brands competition to find a new face of Ann Summers.

  • May 2010

    After months of planning, Jacqueline marries fiancé Dan Cunningham at Blenheim Palace, Oxford. With celebrity guests and many friends and family, it was a perfect day and Jacqueline and Dan were delighted that the wedding was featured in HELLO! magazine.

    October 2010

    Jacqueline is invited to attend the high profile South African congress of shopping centres event in Cape Town and appears as one of the events keynote speakers. She also manages to do all of this in just 36 hours ensuring her daughter Scarlett isn't left without her mummy for too long.

    November 2010

    A unique collaboration with women's magazine Cosmopolitan results in the launch of the Cosmosutra range of products.

  • December 2009

    After many years of debate and negotiations, Ann Summers finally receive approval to open a store in Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. The store quickly becomes one of the best performing.

  • February 2008

    Jacqueline is invited to the Retail Trust 175th Anniversary Reception at St. James' Palace in the presence of HRH her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

    June 2008

    Jacqueline opens the brands new flagship store on Oxford Street, London's most popular and iconic shopping destination.

    November 2008

    Jacqueline is announced as a finalist in the Outstanding Woman in Business category of the National Business Awards 2008.

    December 2008

    To launch the new season's lingerie collections, actress Lois Winston is announced as the new face of Ann Summers.

  • January 2007

    Jacqueline appears as one of the panellists on ITV1's Fortune: Million Pound Giveway.

    February 2007

    In recognition of her success as a woman in business, Jacqueline is invited by HRH Queen Elizabeth to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the successes of women in business. This is by far one of Jacqueline's proudest moments.

    March 2007

    Jacqueline publishes her second autobiography, Please Let It Stop.

    November 2007

    Jacqueline is recognised for her contribution to business and voted Business Icon in survey by Everywoman and NatWest Bank and is also voted one of the Top 10 Women At The Top by Esquire magazine.

  • May 2006

    Jacqueline is invited to speak at the prestigious Oxford University Union and after hosts an Ann Summers party for female students.

  • May 2005

    Jacqueline launches the first European Ann Summers store in Valencia Spain. In the same year she is also recognised by Retail Week magazine as the 2nd most powerful woman in retail.

  • April 2004

    Following the opening of the hugely successful Ann Summers store in Dublin, Jacqueline opens Ann Summers second Irish store in Cork.

    December 2004

    Jacqueline is made a new entry in to the prestigious Debrett's People of Today for her contribution to British Society.

  • June 2003

    After a lengthy court case, Jacqueline wins court victory against the government with the judge overturning the ban on Ann Summers advertising in job centres.

  • December 2002

    Jacqueline issues proceedings in the high court against the government's refusal to allow Ann Summers to advertise in job centres.

  • July 2001

    Jacqueline celebrates the 20th anniversary of Ann Summers party plan.

  • January 2000

    Following a lengthy court case, Jacqueline and Ann Summers are allowed to continue trading on O'Connell Street, Dublin.

    February 2000

    Jacqueline becomes a patron of the charity Breast Cancer Care.

    March 2000

    Jacqueline spots an opportunity to widen the Ann Summers customer base and acquires the Knickerbox brand which is integrated in to a number of Ann Summers stores. Paving the way for a new set of customers for Ann Summers.

  • July 1999

    With the continuing growth of the business, Jacqueline launches the brands website – annsummers.com.

  • March 1995

    In recognition of the incredible growth of Ann Summers under Jacqueline's leadership, Jacqueline is awarded the Gucci Business Age 40 and Under 40 Award.

    November 1995

    After much interest in Jacqueline's rise to the top, she releases her autobiography, Good Vibrations.

  • July 1993

    Jacqueline is appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive of Ann Summers.

    December 1993

    After the incredible growth of Ann Summers parties, Jacqueline decides the time is right to open the first, new concept, female friendly Ann Summers retail store. The store is located in Queensway, London and is the first step in the roll out of a number of other retail stores for the brand.

  • March 1991

    Jacqueline is appointed Director at Ann Summers.

    July 1991

    Jacqueline celebrates the 10th anniversary of Ann Summers party plan.

  • July 1981

    After much debate with the Ann Summers board and an incredible amount of hard work, Jacqueline launches Ann Summers Party Plan in the UK and the Ann Summers we know today is born.

  • May 1979

    Jacqueline joins Ann Summers, the business owned by her father as a Wages Clerk on work experience

  • October 1971

    David & Ralph Gold buy the Ann Summers brand and two stores from founder Caborn Waterfield. The business is male orientated and focusses largely on catering for a male customer.