AWARDS: Yuill MD David Mullins, left, with Neal Hutcheon, Steve Cook and Andrew Pegg A NEW face has joined UK Trade & Investment''s dedicated team of international trade advisers. Lissa Balmer returned to the North-east in 1999 after graduating with a degree in marketing. The 33-year-old has worked in a number of marketing roles for various companies including Universal Building Society, Welwyn Systems (part of the TT Electronics Group), Sparkle Computer Company and Perfect Image. While working with Sparkle, Lissa's role as European marketing manager saw her given the task of helping it import its product more effectively into the UK and doing a full communications review which included looking at Europe, and the cultural and business issues in order to help increase product sales. More recently she has worked for Business Enterprise North East as a Relationship Manager and then Business Support Adviser with Business Link.
DARLINGTON'S Star Radio has appointed TA Major James Horspool, pictured, as its programme controller. James spent nine years at Viking Radio in Hull where he worked as presenter, producer and acting programme director. James moved to Radio City in Liverpool as deputy programme director and also spent time at Heart in Northampton. A former Army cadet James became involved in the TA at university. He is a member of the Media Operations Group, a specialist pool of people with media and publicity experience. Part of his remit is to train soldiers in how to work effectively with the media and conduct strong interviews. Star Radio was launched in November broadcasting to Darlington and surrounding districts.
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