Wentworth Wooden Puzzles has announced its first ever Minister for Jigsaws – 10-year-old Amelia O’Neill from Wolverhampton – after conducting a nationwide search which was launched by AgencyUK on the inaugural National Jigsaw Day, November 3rd 2015.
Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, the world-leading British wooden jigsaw maker, produces over 150,000 puzzles every year, and needed the help of one lucky candidate to road-test new jigsaws and contribute ideas for new designs.
Applicants were asked to send an email or letter explaining why they were right for the new role. Essential requirements included previous experience of jigsawing, an infectious passion for jigsaws and the ability to complete a jigsaw both alone or as part of a team.
In her application, Amelia O’Neill, the newly-appointed Junior Minister for Jigsaws, said: “Throughout my life, I have been fascinated by the intricate design of jigsaws. I will pass on my infectious passion with my new ideas for designs. If you want me to I can work from home or in the office.”
As well as test running new designs and helping to develop new puzzle ideas, the Minister will also be expected to be an effective ambassador for the company’s #BringBackJigsaws campaign. This will help Wentworth Wooden Puzzles to encourage the return of jigsaws as a delightful distraction to the stresses of modern life.
The successful candidate was selected by Sarah Watson, Marketing Director of Wentworth Wooden Puzzles.
Sarah Watson, Marketing Director for Wentworth Puzzles, said: “We were very impressed with Amelia’s application; she demonstrated the infectious passion for jigsaws we look for here at Wentworth Wooden Puzzles. We look forward to working together to create engaging and intricately designed jigsaws and we think she will make a very effective ambassador for our Bring Back Jigsaws campaign.”
A Senior Minister has also been appointed by the company. Tina Mansfield from West Sussex said: “Over the last year I have rediscovered my love of jigsaws” and often writes about them on her blog, encouraging others to join her in celebrating a passion for jigsaws.