When your goal is building great 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.

Interested in joining LLPR? We’re hiring.

Here’s what our employees have to say.

Meet the team

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 25 years 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.

Alongside growing the agency and managing the highest level client accounts, Liz also assumes several Non-Executive Director roles, including the British Chambers of Commerce.

Belinda Rastall

Belinda Rastall

Senior Business & Account Director (Chart.PR)

Since beginning her PR career in 2005, Belinda has created success for many high-profile clients such as LEGO, gaining a reputation for exceptional results.

Belinda joined LLPR in 2019 after working at national PR agencies in Birmingham, Northamptonshire & Gloucestershire, and in-house PR for global real estate firm Savills.

Belinda provides strategic direction and creative vision across the client portfolio, and leads on team development. She 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, including the attainment of the CIPR’s Professional PR Diploma.

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 Pearce

Lucy Pearce

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 Byrne

Shona Byrne

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.

Alison Dean

Alison Dean

Events Manager

 Prior to working with LLPR, Alison has held a variety of senior positions, building a strong network of contacts across the South of England and London. 

She brings a combination of strategic, operational, financial, project management and technical skills with an excellent track record in the management of change, the implementation of computer systems, events, problem solving, and project management. 

Samantha Pape

Samantha Pape

Senior Account Executive

Samantha joined LLPR in 2021, working with and supporting 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.

 

Max Carlo Zevo Dobson

Max Carlo Zevo Dobson

PR & Digital Marketing Executive

Max joined LLPR in April 2022 after working hospitality in West End theatres, with a degree in Drama with Film from Royal Holloway, University of London.

His prior experience of digital marketing comes from his time spent writing for and teaching in the tea industry – & with another South coast-based agency. He brings his skills in creative writing & content creation to LLPR to share clients’ exciting stories.

Kirsty Tolman

Kirsty Tolman

PR & Communications Apprentice

Kirsty joined LLPR in 2022 having gained a wide breadth of experience from her time working in hospitality and as a teaching assistant.

She also helps organise children’s book themed parties, so knows about finding the right story.

As our third current PRCA Apprentice, we already know there’s amazing work to come.

 

Sam Bird

Sam Bird

PR & Communications Apprentice

Sam joined LLPR in September 2021 and is supporting the team while he studies towards a diploma in Public Relations with the PRCA.

He has a BA (Hons) degree in English from Bournemouth University, and while completing his degree gained work experience in promotions for events company Running Wild as well as copywriting for Aprehend Bed Bugs.

 

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.

Julian Isaacson

Julian Isaacson

Senior Adviser (F IDM)

Julian has over 30 years of experience in in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, public consultation, public affairs, PR, marketing and public policy.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and was instrumental in pioneering digital techniques in public consultation, as the founder and Managing Director of the UK’s largest independent Stakeholder Engagement agency.

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.