Helen Kitchen PR

My first job was writing TV guides and film reviews for a newspaper syndication service, which was eventually bought by the Press Association (PA). I was lucky enough to spend some time in London shadowing the journalists and subs at PA, the PR team at BBC Pebble Mill and other news and features writers in Yorkshire.

I decided to pursue a career in public relations - and secured a place on Cardiff University's post-graduate diploma in Journalism Studies (the PR option - which was ratified by the then Institute of Public Relations). It was a fast-paced year and resulted in me being offered a position at Leeds-based Infopress Associates, where I worked on accounts ranging from Norwich Union's 1 City Square development, to regional telecommunications supplier Torch Telecom and national accountancy firm Arthur Andersen.