Hi! I'm Hannah...
An award-winning PR Specialist turned Creative Virtual Assistant (VA), mum of two & self-confessed "Diet Coke-a-holic"...
After 15 years of working in both in-house & agency PR environments, I traded it all in for #mumlife when I had my eldest daughter, Sofia, in 2016. (The same year we moved to Leicestershire - I'm a Worcestershire girl originally.) Two years later, a second bundle of joy, Sienna, came into our lives & our family was complete.
It's been great fun living the housewives dream, but I started to feel like something was missing. Being an overachiever all of my life, I realised I needed something else outside of the family home. I had lost my identity - I'd lost Hannah...
That's why Hawthorn House Virtual Assistants was born. At the end of 2019 I enrolled in the VACT Virtual Assistants Mastery Training Course & the rest is history. I started to lay the foundations of providing a professional writing, PR, & marketing service for PR Agencies / Consultants & Business Owners who needed a safe & experienced pair of hands to support them as they built their empires...and boy it's been fun. Want to find out more?
Experienced PR professional turned Virtual Assistant
As a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Diploma professional & English Studies 2.1 BA Hons graduate, I bring a wealth of knowledge on top of my fifteen years' experience in PR, social media, marketing, stakeholder engagement & admin.
I have provided a wide range of services for clients in the health, environment, transport, technology, property & education sectors, as well as Number 10 Downing Street & the Cabinet Office.
As Communications Business Partner / Customers & Engagement Specialist at the Environment Agency, I worked closely with the Area Manager’s Executive Team offering communications, crisis comms leadership & community engagement advice to senior management. I also arranged MP visits & trained staff on how to use communications & social media effectively.
At the Government’s former in-house PR & marketing agency Central Office of Information (COI), as Account Manager, I won several CIPR awards & managed many regional launch events & campaigns. I was also the personal Press Officer for several senior ministers’ visits & wrote reports for the Cabinet Office & 10 Downing Street.
As Aston University Press Officer, I managed internal & external communications campaigns, edited the staff magazine, created & uploaded copy for the website, tracked media coverage & promoted cutting edge academic research.