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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 job?


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 good PA?

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.

What tips 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.

Who/what inspires you?

My employers most of the time. They have all been UHNW individuals with amazing foresight, intuition and work ethics.

Have you 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!!

Describe the 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.

Is there 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.