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My hero parents taught me that the good times should always be a time for celebration

SOME would argue that, despite her extremely high profile, Nicola Mendelsohn’s mother is more famous than she is.

For the 49-year-old, who is Facebook’s vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is the daughter of renowned kosher caterers Celia and Barry Clyne.

That sentiment is not lost on Nicola, as she has stated that her mother is her biggest hero.

She told me: “I’m very close to my mum and when I was growing up, I didn’t realise how unusual it was having a mum and a grandma who both worked — but that was my normal.

“Just from growing up and hearing the stories of who mum and dad were catering for, from presidents and prime ministers to pop stars, it was just pretty normal.

“One of the greatest gifts they gave me is learning that people are just people, and not to be scared or intimidated by people — just do your best job.

“The biggest lesson they probably taught me is to celebrate the good times.

“There are often bad times that go on in your life, such as how my father had lost both of his parents very young, and actually where you have moments to make parties, then you should celebrate.

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