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Rachel GibbSenior Associate DirectorHill & Knowlton Australia

Sue CookRegional Director, Health & PharmaceuticalsHill & Knowlton Australia

John O'DonnellManaging Director (2002 - 2008)EMI Music Australia

Jo PerkinsHead of Human ResourcesEMI Music Australia

(contact details provided on request)

Personal Information

Status:  MarriedNationality:  AustralianDrivers Licence:  Clean A1



Enjoys... travelling, music, films, cooking, reading/book club, wildlife and environmental issues and has recently taken to learning French.

Business Training

2006:Project ManagementPriority Management 

2005:Working Smart with OutlookPriority Management

2005:Ergonomics & Manual HandlingNoel Arnold Training & Education

2004:Foundations of CommunicationsJMA (Myer Briggs)

2000:Event ManagementUniversity of NSW (CCE)

Current Status

Feb 2008 - Present

I accompanied my husband to the UK (temporary relocation).

I also  took the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Australia and South America. 

I have recently returned to Sydney and am currently temping while searching for full-time employment. 

Available: Immediately (no notice required).


I am a highly professional senior Executive Assistant with a proven track record (and additional project PR experience), looking to build on my experience gained at Hill & Knowlton, EMI Music and The Australian newspaper.

With more than 10 years experience, I confidently and effectively support at senior level demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills and business acumen as well as strong report writing and project management capabilities.  I have been responsible for the success of many events such as corporate conferences, professional live band performances, press conferences and high-profile government functions (involving Federal politicians, including the current Australian Prime Minister).

I am currently seeking a challenging senior EA role within an innovative and passionate environment.


  • Microsoft Suite: Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel (Advanced) 
  • Typing Speed: 75 words per minute (copy & dictaphone) 
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 (Intermediate) 
  • Mac OS X (Intermediate)

Summary of Work History

  • Senior Account Executive, Hill & Knowlton Australia (May 2007 - Feb 2008) 
  • Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, EMI Music Australia (Jun 2003 - Apr 2007) 
  • UK Working Holiday (long-term temporary assignments, Jun 2001 - Apr 2003)- PA to VP, 20th Century Fox- PA to Project Director (Congestion Charge Scheme), Deloittes / Transport for London- PA to Head of Operations & Technology, BBC- PA to Sport Section and Showbiz Section, The Daily Mail newspaper 
  • Personal Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief, The Australian newspaper (Jan 2000 - Apr 2001) 
  • Personal Assistant to the National Advertising Director and the National Advertising Manager, The Australian newspaper (Jun 1999 - Jan 2000) 
  • Personal Assistant to the National Special Reports Manager, The Australian newspaper (Nov 1997 - Jun 1999)

Work experience

May 2007Feb 2008

Senior Account Executive

Hill & Knowlton Australia

My role was a combination of driving and supporting the execution of day-to-day account activities for healthcare/pharmaceutical and entertainment client campaigns.  Key projects/clients worked include GlaxoSmithKline, Peplin Inc (skin cancer treatment) and SonyEricsson.

  • Client Service: seeing projects through from inception to completion and ongoing client liaison (keeping client abreast of all project activities and influences via phone, email, meetings and formal reports) while ensuring high quality standards at all times.
  • Media Relations: strategically sell-in stories to the media, organise interviews, identify relevant story angles, respond to journalist requests, monitor/evaluate media coverage.
  • Budget Management: research costs for potential projects, develop client budget proposals and create monthly client budget-status reports and invoices.
  • Develop Communication Materials: research, prepare and write effective program elements, ie press releases, video news releases, client reports, media reports, pitch reports/presentations and brief client speeches.
  • Build a Network of Industry Contacts: develop and nurture positive relationships.
  • Event Management: organise press conferences, industry meetings (mini-conferences), exhibition stands, political/corporate working lunches (involving, separately, the Aust. Prime Minister and the former Health Minister) and participate in the organisation of various music events such as Delta Goodrem's album launch and Night Tennis.
  • Talent/Celebrities: responsible for securing relevant VIP talent attendance to large-scale client events and responsible for developing a celebrity database for all H&K staff use.

Reason for leaving:  I accompanied my husband to the UK (temporary relocation).  I also decided to return to senior executive assistant work.

Jun 2003Apr 2007

Executive Assistant to the Managing Director

EMI Music Australia

My role was to provide full professional support to the Managing Director of EMI Music Australia, organise and manage the company's events and perform a high degree of diverse tasks to ensure the smooth running of EMI's Senior Management Team's operations and business practice.

  • PA Duties: assisting on all business issues, diary management, inbox/email management, call screening, office management and keeping MD abreast of all relevant internal and external news and activities.  Also undertook personal tasks when needed.
  • Global: regular liaison with key global EMI territories and the company leaders (based in the UK).  Often organising travel for the company leaders and coordinating elements of their business and personal trips to Australia. 
  • Event Management: presenting concepts and ideas to management, project implementation, budget management and conducting post-event feedback surveys.  Event projects included national conferences, professional band performances (full band and acoustic), Christmas parties, album launches and corporate hospitality.  Also responsible for trialling venues/restaurants to recommend for potential company use. 
  • Internal Communications: work closely with the Head of Human resources and assist with devising and implementing communication strategies.
  • Working Relationships: develop, nurture and maintain strong, positive relationships with key industry stakeholders and EMI employees (globally).
  • Presentations & Reports: compile/prepare MD's weekly report to be sent to EMI global heads, draft/prepare presentations for MD's local and global needs, format/prepare complex reports (ie Business Review Reports) as well as assist the COO when required.
  • Travel: organise worldwide travel for MD and assist all staff/artists with their travel plans.  Also, responsible for the upkeep of EMI's Global Travel Database - Australian section.
  • Innovation Panel: selected as one of EMI's innovative fresh-thinkers - the panel's objective was to break from convention and produce innovative ideas to influence/change EMI's approach to doing business.

Reason for leaving: To seek a new challenge. With the support of EMI, I attained a new PR qualification and wished to put this into practice (there were unfortunately no suitable opportunities at EMI).

Jun 2001Apr 2003

Long-Term Temporary Assignments

UK Experience (working holiday)
  • 20th Century Fox, PA to VP
  • BBC, PA to Head of Operations & Technology
  • The Daily Mail, PA - Sport Section and Showbiz Section
  • Deloittes / Transport for London, PA to Project Director (congestion charge scheme)

The Australian, News Limited

PA to Editor-in-Chief(Jan 2000 - Apr 2001)Provide full professional support to the Editor-in-Chief, assist the Editor and wider Senior Editorial Team when required and lead a team of four PA's.  Key duties: diary management, call screening, office management, event management (organising conferences, public political summits and an annual Budget event involving the Treasurer), organising travel (for up to 200 journalists), attend meetings, develop minutes/follow-up, develop presentations/reports for senior News Limited directors and maintain excellent relationships with internal and external stakeholders.  Reason for leaving: To live, work and travel abroad.

PA to Nat. Advertising Director & Nat. Advertising Manager (Jun 1999 - Jan 2000)

Provide full professional support  to the National Advertising Director and Manager and lead a team of six Sales Co-ordinators.  Key duties: diary management, call screening, office management, event management (organising conferences and industry dinners), developing reports and presentations, organising travel, client liaison and developing good internal/external working relationships.  Reason for leaving:  Promotion.

PA to National Special Reports Manager (Nov 1997  - Jun 1999)Provide full professional support to the National Special Reports Manager as well as support a team of six advertising staff and two editorial staff.  Key duties: general PA and admin duties, organise travel, research report topics and maintain the National Special Reports Calendar (devising deadlines, co-ordinating activities, client liaison and information distribution).  Reason for leaving:  Promotion.

- Worked as an office junior / marketing assistant prior to working for The Australian (1994 - 1997)




COLLEGE OF TAFE:Certificate, Marketing (Jun 1995 - June 1996)Advanced Certificate, Office Administration (Jan 1993 - Dec 1993)

PENRITH HIGH SCHOOL:School Certificate, Penrith High School (1992)