Meet the team
LGA is known for its imaginative and powerful campaigns, innovative solutions, strong client relations, collaboration – and our success is down to our collective experience and a closely knit team.
As original thinkers, we are passionate about PR and have an impressive track record. We deliver to a high standard and pride ourselves on a highly personalised service.
Founder & Managing Director
Susan founded Lea Graham in 1986, having worked in the PR industry for five years. She enjoys the diversity of the work and attributes the longevity of the business to her networking skills and the support of the team.
Susan is a director of Burgess Hill Business Parks Association; a former board member of Gatwick Diamond Business (2007-10) and current GDB Ambassador; a past Patron of the Samaritans (Crawley & Horsham branch); a pro-bono PR advisor to three charities; a qualified drama teacher; a semi professional soprano; and a charity fundraiser (staging concerts) since 1970.
In 2015 she won the Bright Award for Fundraiser of the Year. She also judges at the annual Young Enterprise regional finals, which fits well with the work experience LGA offers to young people every year.
With her husband Graham, Susan founded Lea Graham Entertainment Agency in 1989, which complements the corporate event services offered by LGA.
She enjoys the diversity that PR and entertainment brings and still gets a buzz from seeing clients’ press releases in the papers!
PR Associate Director
Sue is our in-house journalist and resident wordsmith. With more than 30 years experience in newspapers and magazines as writer, commissioning and copy editor, Sue can fashion client’s stories to appeal to target audiences as varied as women’s monthlies and B2B titles.
A former business editor for a major regional daily paper, she previously specialised in writing on issues related to agriculture and food production, working extensively for titles including The Grocer and Food Manufacture magazine, Farmers Weekly and the NFU.
Sue continues to freelance, principally for food, farming and countryside titles, while her varied PR portfolio also includes book and film promotion, including our favourite sleeper hit of 2013, The Moo Man, which was shot in Sussex!
A design engineer by profession, Graham is now the financial director of Lea Graham, having been involved since day one. He joined the company full-time in 1997 and, being supremely versatile, is able to move seamlessly between the PR and entertainment sides of the business.
Graham excels at developing client and supplier relationships, developing the LG book of entertainers and matching them with clients. Although book-keeping did not feature previously on Graham’s CV, he is now well-versed in the various responsibilities of a Financial Director.
Michael first came to LGA for a week’s work experience and proceeded to return to us for every school holiday and university vacation until he graduated from University College London with a First Class Honours degree in English Literature.
He’s a great example of how mentoring young people benefits business… because after spending time as PR & Marketing Officer for a not-for-profit language initiative, and developing skills in website building, magazine design, TV and filmmaking, he came back to join us!
In 2016, Michael gained behind the scenes production experience on Series 14 of BBC Two’s Dragon’s Den and he continues to work with his brother Matthew Rowney, an award-winning independent filmmaker, based in Sussex.
Michael brings a strong visual sense and flair for creative writing to the role of Marketing Manager with LGA where he handles our in-house print and online marketing and is responsible for the company’s social media and website. He works with the team on client press releases, social media campaigns, and finds innovative ways to help LGA clients maximise publicity. His is also the voice you’ll most likely hear answering the phone!
Broadcast Media Trainer
With more than 30 years experience in the media – nearly a third of them behind a mic or in the studio for the BBC – award-winning journalist Trevor knows only too well that preparation is key to being confident, comfortable and in control of an interview.
Trevor is able to give a unique insight into what to expect in most interview situations and coaches clients on how best to deliver their key message while dealing with those questions that come from left field…the questions, in fact, he used to ask as regional reporter for south east news!
Kerry has been working full-time supporting small/medium businesses and private clients since 2003. He is qualified in computer science with AI and has worked as a technician, software trainer, and technical manager.
Nowadays, Kerry spends most of his time helping business owners to maintain their PCs, networks and telecoms. He troubleshoots and resolves their operational issues and streamlines their back office by developing templates, processes and software to save time and reduce errors. The other half of his time is spent developing, supporting, maintaining and administering web sites and web applications for agencies and IT solutions companies.
Online content/ copywriter
Katherine is a former regional newspaper and magazine editor, who now specialises in helping businesses connect with their target audience online.
Part of our experienced copywriting team, she focusses on creating great digital content – from tweets to blog posts – as part of an integrated, multi-media strategy for clients. Katherine has spent 20 years working in online and offline media across consumer, b2b and non-profit sectors as a journalist, public relations consultant and content marketer.
She was previously editor of Surrey Life magazine and the Crawley News newspaper as well as deputy editor of leading national events sector titles Meetings &, Incentive Travel and business portal www.meetpie.com.
Debbie & Darren Greenfield
Debbie Greenfield escaped to Sussex three years ago, having led a successful career in financial services and digital marketing in the City of London where she had experience of leading team building events and client away days.
Life with her new husband, Darren, a shepherd on the Sussex Downs, couldn’t have been more different – but now they combine her corporate skills and his knowledge of the local landscape to offer LGA clients a completely new type experience with Basecamp Southdowns.
Debbie, Darren and the crazy, truffle-hunting springer spaniel Bou create indoor-to-outdoor corporate away days aimed at organisations looking for an imaginative alternative to paintballing and assault course exercises.
Using the magnificent backdrop of the South Downs and skilled local guides, historians and instructors they build a day not to forget.
A multi-award-winning photographer, Jim has a talent for producing imaginative, compelling pictures, often infused with a quirky sense of fun.
Technically highly skilled, his compositions are both inspired and inspiring, earning him two Guild of Picture Editor awards and the prize for Newsquest Photographer of the Year.
Jim has worked with Lea Graham’s clients for several years, producing outstanding images, often from what looked to be a very unpromising brief.
While we love his creative flair and fast, efficient service, LGA particularly likes working with Jim because he is unbelievably patient!
Event Management/ Catering
With more than 20 years experience in the events and catering industry, we can confidently say that Tatjana always rises to the occasion for our clients.
From business conferences and staff presentations to charity lunches and fund raisers, she can advise you every step of the way – through conception, venue location and planning, to budgeting, catering and logistics.
Tatjana’s vast network of contacts and attention to detail ensures every event is meticulously planned and perfectly executed.
You don’t have to look far to see just how skilful James Mellor is an illustrator – he was responsible for our Lea Graham communi-cat-ors on this website!
James specialises in creating single panel line-drawn cartoons that can be used across all media, creating engaging, often amusing and always memorable content that helps to drive your message home.
Since 2012, James has provided large institutions, SMEs, startups and individuals with eye-catching material, working from many forms of client brief – in Choe’s case it was photos (she thinks his cartoons are the cat’s whiskers, by the way!).
His illustrations have featured in The Sunday Telegraph, The Undercover Recruiter and the Design Thinkers Academy. In 2015 he “live cartooned” the Monte Carlo or Bust Rally for Lloyds of London.
A history graduate from the University of York, James lives in Rushden, Northamptonshire with his wife Rachel, daughter Talitha and a small, sociopathic cat. His debut book Drawn From History: A Cartoon Journey Through Britain’s Past was published in 2016.
Video is a powerful and increasingly popular tool for promoting and marketing to your target market, especially where text or static pictures can’t do your products or services justice.
Having been one of the first commercial photographers to embrace digital imaging, Paul was an early adopter of video technology, offering on-location and in-studio production services and consultancy since 1999.
He holds a PCL diploma in professional photography and is an associate member of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Master Photographers Association (MPA).
An experienced video cameraman, he helps with all aspects of a client’s promotion, from concept and scripting to video optimised for download and website, autoplay and autorepeat DVDs for exhibition purposes and HD videos on bluray disk.
John is a sought-after graphic designer and illustrator, who has worked as part of the LGA team for more than 25 years, producing artwork for a wide variety of purposes and in many formats.
We rely on him to create visual identities, marketing materials, brochures, newsletters, advertising, e-shots, display graphics and exhibition material – in fact, anything that needs professional and creative presentation of your brand.
By working directly with printers, photographers and other suppliers, John allows us to meet client needs in short timescales where necessary, without having to resort to more costly, third party solutions.
John is one of two members of the LGA team also responsible for providing web design services and advice.
Beverley is a hugely experienced bid writer and bid management consultant, who has been coaching SMEs and third sector organisations in a wide array of industries to success since 2004.
Like us, Beverley is focused on building long-term relationships with clients, taking time to understand their needs and strategy.
Businesses value her straight-talking, honest style and she has empowered and inspired many of them to make a step-change in the way they work. Beverley can assist in all aspects of your grant, bid and tender planning.
Her skills complement Lea Graham Associate’s expertise in increasing the profile of companies as they prepare to enter the bidding process.
Preview are the first choice for the design and development of bespoke content managed, mobile responsive websites in Sussex. Working closely with small to medium size businesses, they are an experienced agency offering a full brand creation and management service, creative design for print & digital and support services including SEO, analytics and social media management.
Their creative team are highly experienced in designing for multiple disciplines, with expertise in user experience design. Their technical experts have the knowledge required to build and maintain websites using an established, user friendly and well-supported CMS (Content Management System) platform. With a focus on getting results for clients, they ensure that their websites provide clients with the maximum return on investment. By establishing clear success measures for our work wherever possible, they help ensure that goals are met.
Chloe the Cat
Chief Office Sitter
Chloe joined us from the offices of one of Lea Graham’s oldest friends, Gina Field. She was at the time our youngest recruit (seven weeks), but is now the company’s chief office sitter (in that she sits in it often and frequently until 9pm, keeping Susan company on the desk). As part of a multi-skilled team, Chloe also assists with filing (stamping important papers with muddy paws) and acts as stress reliever (particularly at the approach of deadlines).