Movers and Shakers: Debbie joins expanding team at Lexia

WOODBRIDGE-based PR agency Lexia Media has expanded its team with the appointment of a new senior account executive.

The company has welcomed Debbie Austin after a continuation of new business growth this year.

Debbie, 26, who is from Long Stratton in Norfolk, brings a wealth of internal communications experience including for a leading NHS hospital in the region and a national recruitment agency.

In her new role, Debbie will be assisting with agency clients as well as helping with the company’s ongoing business development.

Debbie said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of a creative and professional PR agency that is well respected throughout the region. I am excited to be joining Lexia at such a busy time. It’s great to be part of such an ambitious team and to be able to use my own experience to enhance the already strong client base.”

Deborah Watson, director of Lexia Media, said: “Lexia have secured some great new clients in recent months, so adding to our pool of talent ensures we are able to guarantee the very highest level of service.

“We have an exciting period of client activity ahead of us and I’m delighted to have such a dedicated and energetic team, eager to put their professional flair to work across such a variety of projects.”

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Tony has been heavily involved at the Law Society in one way or another for many years, most recently as chair of the Human Rights Committee, of which he remains a member. In April this year he furthered his involvement with the Law Society by standing successfully for the vacant council seat for Essex.

Speaking of his appointment, Tony said: “ It will be a great honour to represent the solicitors profession in Essex at such a momentous time for legal practice and I look forward to building new and vital relationships in the process.

“My appointment will also give Essex solicitors a voice in the formation of policy at national level. There will be many challenges for the solicitors profession over the next four years and I hope I can in some small way help solicitors in Essex meet these competitive challenges effectively. I am particularly keen to involve younger members of the profession in Law Society business.”

: : Jackie Uhi has been appointed Network Director for Barclays, Eastern Region.

As a retail banking specialist, Jackie has worked at executive level within the financial services sector for nineteen years, working mainly at ANZ Bank in Australasia (Australia, Asia and the Pacific) until she moved to the UK in 2010. Her extensive career has seen her gain experience of developing strategy, providing customer solutions, leading large teams and working closely with communities to understand what they need from a financial partner.

Jackie said the new role presented her with a wonderful opportunity, both personally and professionally, to develop and lead a team.

“I believe strongly in empowering my frontline people to take collective responsibility for delivering on our promises and proactively listening to our customers on what we need to do to provide them with a tangible value added service that exceeds their expectations,” she said.

Jackie lives in the Cambridge area and is married with five children.

: : IPSWICH-based Lynda Oates, a caregiver at Home Instead Senior Care, providers of at-home care to help older people stay in their own homes for longer, reached the finals of the coveted ‘Dementia Carer’ award at the national heat of this year’s Great British Care Awards on June 23, after winning at the regionals.

The event took place at the Grosvenor House Marriott Hotel in London and was presented by celebrity singer Jane MacDonald and entertainer Steve Walls. It was held to celebrate excellence across the social care sector and pay tribute to individuals who have excelled in their work.

Lynda said she was thrilled to reach the national finals of the awards, which are presented each year to individuals who consistently provide a high quality standard of care for people living in their own homes.

Home Instead owner Chris Lye said: “We were delighted to attend such a prestigious award event and am so proud of Lynda and the team for the commitment and dedication they shows towards all of their clients.”

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