Our team

When your goal is building good relationships, you can’t underestimate the importance of likeability

 

So our staff aren’t just brilliant communicators…

…we only hire people who are a pleasure to do business with.
Their emotional intelligence and “can do” attitude are hallmarks of LLPR’s work.

Liz Willingham (nee Lean)

Liz Willingham (nee Lean)

Founder & Managing Director (Chart.PR)

A graduate of the UK’s first PR degree, Liz has a powerful combination of two decades of industry expertise, phenomenal levels of energy and an uncanny ability to network and influence the media and key stakeholders.

Liz holds Chart.PR accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, showcasing the agency’s ongoing commitment to excellence and lifelong learning.

Belinda Rastall

Belinda Rastall

Account Director (Chart.PR)

Since beginning her PR career in 2005, Belinda has worked across many high-profile clients such as LEGO, IKEA and Savills, gaining a reputation for delivering exceptional results.

At LLPR, Belinda provides strategic direction across the client portfolio. She also holds Chartered status with the CIPR, demonstrating the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

Leila Willingham

Leila Willingham

Business & Account Manager

Leila’s deep-rooted understanding of the agency and its values comes from joining the family business after A-Levels, developing her skills through practical experience and  formal training –  such as the CIPR PR Diploma she is currently undertaking.

Leila is responsible for managing a variety of client accounts and supporting the leadership team on matters such as company vision, culture, forward planning and new business.

Lucy Mercer

Lucy Mercer

Account Manager

Lucy is an experienced PR Account Manager who has worked in the industry for nearly 6 years, across a broad spectrum of clients.

With previous experience working with Youngs, Celtic Wind Crops and Bensons for Beds, Lucy has developed particularly strong contacts in national and consumer media.

 

Carol MIddleton

Carol MIddleton

Account Manager

Carol came to LLPR in 2002 from Dixons Group press office.

She has managed a portfolio of clients for LLPR, serving B2B and B2C across a range of sectors including hotel and catering, leisure, marine, motoring, hair and beauty, professional services, retail, not-for-profit, sports and tourism.

Shona Race

Shona Race

Account Manager

Shona joined LLPR in 2015, having completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a fashion PR internship.

She manages clients across multiple sectors, including hospitality, retail and education.

Through extensive issues & crisis management, Shona has also built an impressive ‘black book’ of national & regional press contacts.

Venita Cutler

Venita Cutler

Senior Account Executive

Venita joins LLPR with a first class degree in Music Journalism from BIMM Institute in Brighton.

Her PR experience prior to joining the agency has been gained with roles at Brighton Pride and several PR agencies, including music and entertainment specialist The Outside Organisation in London, where she worked across artist and event campaigns.

Brandon Danao

Brandon Danao

Account Executive

Brandon became an LLPR team member in 2020, with an Honours degree in Public Relations and Digital Marketing, and spent a year overseas studying at Hong Kong Baptist University.

Brandon has previously worked on PR consultancy work for BLM Law, digital marketing for Vapiano restaurants and attended workshops alongside The National Lottery to help develop a new lottery game.

Samantha Pape

Samantha Pape

PR & Communications Apprentice

Samantha joined LLPR in 2021, working with and suporting the account team while studying for a Level 4 Diploma in Public Relations with the PRCA.

Before moving into PR, Samantha gained a first class Bachelor’s Degree in Drama, then worked for Enterprise Holdings as Assistant Manager, and as British Airways cabin crew.

Andy Martin

Andy Martin

Senior Adviser

Andy is the former Editor and now Associate Editor of The Bournemouth Echo. He provides clients with strategic advice on media and stakeholder engagement.

He has been involved in training journalists for Newsquest and the National Council for the Training of Journalists, is a lecturer at Bournemouth University, and a councillor on Highcliffe and Walkford Neighbourhood Council.

Ian Murray

Ian Murray

Senior Adviser

Ian worked at the Southern Daily Echo for 19 years, finishing as Editor-in-Chief before he left in 2017 He is the former Executive Director of the Society of Editors and is Vice-Chair of the UK’s Defence and Security Media Advisor Committee.

Ian brings significant local and regional media experience and expertise to the LLPR team, and advises clients and the wider team on the media landscape in Hampshire and Dorset.

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