What must the personal assistant of a top public relations player
do to win PA of the year? Buy the boss’s kid’s birthday presents, take
that favourite suit to the dry-cleaners or fob off persistent
journalists with plausible excuses?
Ada Parr, who won the coveted award sponsored by Yellow Pages and
Executive PA magazine two weeks ago, after only a year of working for
Countrywide Porter Novelli chairman Peter Hehir, insists that this
stereotype is not one that applies to her work with Hehir.
’Peter would never expect me to do those kind of things,’ she assures
Hehir says Parr runs his office with the utmost efficiency and is very
patient with him in all respects, particularly his tendency towards
’Peter does tend to ask for help with the computer - when the cursor
disappears inexplicably or something - but he is improving,’ says Parr,