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

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.

Claire Hardy

Claire Hardy

Agency Director

After gaining her degree in Advertising, Media and Marketing in the 90’s, Claire has built up a career working for London agencies and has managed communications for international brands across a range of industries.

Belinda Rastall

Belinda Rastall

Account Director

Since beginning a career in PR in 2005, Belinda has worked across many high-profile clients such as LEGO, IKEA and Savills. Belinda’s experience has been gained both in-house and agency side, gaining a reputation for delivering exceptional results.

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 as PA and office manager, but having a Journalism degree and experience at a fashion PR agency, she trained in-house with LLPR and was promoted to account manager and now works across a range of industries.

Stella Mills

Stella Mills

Account Executive

Prior to joining LLPR, Stella gained a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and a multi-disciplinary MSc in International Marketing.

Stella brings deep knowledge and understanding of the influencer marketing industry, which she has further developed in practice working across a variety of accounts at LLPR.

Leila Willingham

Leila Willingham

Development Executive

An ambassador for the younger generation and Dorset’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, Leila is interested in how businesses communicate to them through PR and marketing.

Her work experience at a fashion conference in New York and her ‘can-do’ attitude means she has hit the ground running in the office.

Brandon Danao

Brandon Danao

Account Executive

Brandon is our latest recruit at LLPR. He has 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.

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.

Emma Coakley

Emma Coakley

Following a career in politics, public affairs and corporate communications Emma uses her experience to advise clients on political and media engagement – from planning applications to policy issues and corporate reputation. Previous clients include Nestle UK, McDonald’s UK, Nuffield Health & Tesco.

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 currently the 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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