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Lara Ballard

Account Manager

What I have done...

The communications industry has always intrigued me and after my first few internships I was instantly driven to achieve a degree in Public Relations at Bournemouth University. After graduating, my career path begun in the press office of the UK’s most notorious department store Harrods, although I was soon steered off-piste with the opportunity to become a Personal Assistant for Dame Joan Collins, a position I enjoyed for three years. As a PA travelling the world, I was motivated to continue my exploration whilst also regaining my passion for PR. I joined a distinguished luxury travel PR agency based in Mayfair where I grew and developed my skills as a PR professional leading me to the position I hold now at Hills Balfour. A fairy tale ending.

 

What I do now...

Having joined the Hills Balfour team as a PR Account Manager, I am responsible for heading up a diverse portfolio of clients ranging from an historic old city in the Middle East to the exotic landscapes of the Pacific Islands. My role encompasses a variety of elements including the planning of strategy, the execution of creative campaigns, the implementation of brand partnerships and the development of strong media relations.

 

What I do for fun...

Fun for me is a challenge and with that every opportunity and experience that it embodies. Last year I spent three months teaching English in Vietnam before spending all my earnings on a motorbike to ride the Ho Chi Minh trail from Saigon to Hanoi. I have since run the London Marathon, so who knows what next year will bring…

 

What I bring to Hills Balfour...

Creativity, ambition, knowledge and enthusiasm! And like everyone here bags of passion for all things travel.

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