MEET LULU: ONE OF QP’S CANDIDATES AND INTERNATIONAL PA
March 20th, 2014
Superstar PA Lulu takes 5 minutes out of her busy schedule to have a chat with us about what it's like to work for some of the world's most prominent individuals.
What do you enjoy most about your
The pressure and the variety of tasks. No day is ever the
same and no request is ever the same.
How did you
get into being a PA?
I was working on a Private Jet as a flight attendant. I got
on particularly well with the Owner and he asked me to start coordinating all
aspects of his travel and it snow balled from there.
What makes a
Someone who can completely empathize with their
employer. You must be able to think like them in order to anticipate what
they are thinking, needing and wanting. An excellent eye for detail, a
knowledge of what's hot and what's not. You need to completely absorb
every task you are doing for them in order that you can see flaws or areas that
need to be accounted for.
What do you
carry with you at all times whilst working?
Blackberry charger and spare batteries, notepad and pens (that
work), business cards for both boss and yourself, dry fruit and nuts to keep
the boss's blood sugar levels up in between meetings. Lots of up to date apps.
What are the
most satisfying aspects of your job?
When a trip,meeting or schedule gets followed through to fruition
with no sudden changes and the boss is happy - this is rare!
What is your
career highlight to date?
Too many to mention.
would you offer to any budding PA’s?
Try working as a busy Executive Assistant for a CEO and then see
if you are cut out for a 24/7 PA.
My employers most of the time. They have all been UHNW
individuals with amazing foresight, intuition and work ethics.
ever had any peculiar requests?
Many but I cannot mention them due to confidentiality agreements.
One involved flying a 'Liger' (half tiger/half lion) on board
our private jet from Libya to Dubai.....it was on a dog lead and slept
with it's Owner in a bedroom!!
biggest challenge you have faced in your career
Misogyny whilst working in India.
What do you
do to de-stress after a long day?
You can never switch off as a PA. If you are good at your
job, your mind is on the job 24/7. I do enjoy a glass of Italian red and
terrible reality TV however.
anything you feel you still need to accomplish in your career?
Not really. I have worked for four of the richest men on the
planet and am at the top of my career. I have worked hard for everything
I have achieved and there is nowhere to hide in this game. You have got
to cut the mustard or you're sacked! Maybe if I had one smooth day
without any changes to plan or curve balls thrown at me - that would
be an accomplishment. That will never happen though.