I work in the film industry where everything is needed yesterday or the day before that! On a particularly busy production, the filming schedule switched from London to Hungary and I needed to find local suppliers in Budapest asap. I knew I didn't have the time to do it myself so I rang Vanessa at Lessen the Load and within 24 hours she had researched and verified a list of Hungarian companies for me to contact. Vanessa is thorough, detailed, calm and most importantly lovely to work with. I can highly recommend her.


Joy Montgomery, Production Concierge

On-Screen JM London Ltd

Vanessa worked as my PA and Office Manager at ECI Telecom in Sydney, Australia. As VP APAC, I was travelling frequently around Asia Pacific, leaving Vanessa to manage the office and ensure things ran smoothly. Vanessa showed professionalism when dealing with suppliers and contractors, was motivated and extremely organised.

When travelling with my family, Vanessa looked after various personal matters that I requested of her (liaising with travel agent, paying bills, attending to a break in at our home) and always showed exemplary reliability and trustworthiness. 

Amos Talmor

Partner, Innolab-China


Vanessa worked for me at many of the events we have done at Ridley London. She is extremely organised, conscientious and reliable. I would highly recommend her.

Camilla Ridley

Director, Ridley London


I have known Vanessa in many roles over the past 10 years. Firstly as a parent at the school where I was Headteacher where her two boys attended, then to her joining the Governing Body of the school and latterly as an employee. She was reliable and conscientious in all that she did.

As a parent she very quickly showed her skills and became a stalwart of our PTA which involved running many events and supporting the school in a variety of ways. In this she demonstrated her ability to not only manage people but also her considerable organisational skills.

Vanessa then took on the role of a Governor at the school which showed her commitment and sense of community responsibility. She was able to act as a ‘critical friend’ and was always well prepared and offered good advice with a considered response to any issues that arose in this very important voluntary role in the school.  

It was no surprise that she then applied for and was appointed to the post of Resource Officer in the school which again showed her ability to organise resources in a timely and extremely well-presented way; she was a vital support to staff and to me personally in the school. She has over time also taken on additional responsibilities for instance latterly as the Welfare Officer of the school. The demands of this post include the essential skills of care giving, understanding and communication as well as being able to work with a range of people and work to tight time scales.

She had very good relationships with staff, pupils and parents. Vanessa has excellent communication skills and is caring and supportive toward children who she had regular contact with in a busy primary school.

Vanessa is punctual and reliable; her attendance was good; I know that if you want a job done efficiently you can always rely on Vanessa.


Mrs C. Tobin

Education Consultant


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