We only choose passionate and experienced people.
Nicky Arthur - Owner
Nicky Arthur’s passion for travel, tourism, global communication, and Southern Africa’s unique culture has transformed into a full-time career fulfilling her goal of creating a personlised and professional public relations agency. She approaches her clients’ business as if they are her own; believing in partnership and commitment with enthusiasm and tangible results. Nicky’s mantra is: ‘say what you do and do what you say’.
Nicky loves to engage with people, press and potential visitors alike across the globe and has continued to maintain these close relationships over her years in the PR industry.
In 2010, Nicky was afforded the incredible opportunity to handle all media requests for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. She successfully hosted over 200 media from across the globe across the digital, print and broadcast platforms.
Throughout this major event, Nicky achieved a vast amount of media coverage through the coordination of engaging media itineraries that showcased Cape Town as a destination from a more local perspective and in turn promoting Cape Town Tourism as a proactive and passionate tourism board.
With a Diploma in Public Relations, Nicky’s enthusiasm and drive afforded her the opportunity to fulfill some exceptional positions and provide various businesses with a high quality of work.
· Global Communications Director - The Mantis Collection
· PR and Guest Relations Cape Town Tourism – 2010 FIFA World Cup
· PR and Event Manager - Client portfolio - South African Music Awards, South African Oscars; Discovery Health, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Mzansi Stars
· Lodge Manager of the Private Granite Suites – Londolozi’s premier Lodge
· Operations and event planner - Luxury Super Yachts, including the launch of the world’s most famous yacht “The Maltese Falcon” to members of the press and celebrities worldwide.
· Director’s Assistant - 20th Century Fox Films
· PR and Event Coordinator– London Fashion week, Burberry London
When Nicky’s not at the office you can find her hosting press on one of the beautiful islands of Mozambique, paddling down the lower Zambezi River, tracking lions on foot in the African bush or cuddling up to her own ‘Leo the Lion’ Golden Retriever whilst watching Out of Africa. . She truly loves to share her passion of Southern Africa with the local and global community to encourage tourism to these special places.
Vanessa O'Donoghue - Senior Account Manager
Vanessa has been in the travel industry for many years. She studied Marketing Management with IMM, before starting at Comair in 2008 with MTBeds as a product assistant. AT MTBeds she was a part of the team that rebranded and relaunched MTBeds and the website. In 2009 she started working with Kulula Holidays as well as MTBeds, still as a product assistant, but this time, working on the launch of the new Holidays website as well as the GOTravel24 website. She spent quite some time working with Kulula in various roles, whereafter she had the opportunity to work on SLOW, which she grabbed with both hands. She took over the brand just as they launched SLOW in the City. She also launched SLOW membership and was responsible for the launch event and all branding, marketing and PR for SLOW Lounges and SLOW in the City.
In 2012 she started at British Airways (operated by Comair) as the Brand Manager, where she stayed for three years, during which time the brand won Sunday Times' Top Brands for three consecutive years. During this time she took on British Airways mainline (International) as well and became the Marketing Executive for British Airways southern Africa. She managed very big campaigns, like the 'To Fly. To Serve' campaign and the launch of the A380 in South Africa, where they organised 'race the plane' with Bryan Habana, the first fashion show in the air (in collaboration with Harrods) and a high tea onboard. For the launch, they also flew over Table Mountain, which was a world-first as Cape Town cannot accommodate an A380. She was very involved in the launch of the British Airways Credit Card and the launch of AVIOS in South Africa. During her time with BA she was responsible for managing all branding, marketing and PR for both British Airways (operated by Comair) and British Airways.
She is married with two young daughters and when not in the office, she is a self-proclaimed 'petrol head', with a HUGE passion for cars and motor racing, so she spends a lot of time at the track. She also loves red wine, reading, spending time with friends and watching a good comedy!
Lee Morrison - PR Account Executive
Lee is a young and vibrant twenty-something originating from the small, friendly and extremely windy city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. As the top Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) PR Diploma graduate of 2014, and winner of the NMMU Council award in the NMMU Arts Faculty, Lee went straight on to complete her PR BTech qualification in 2015, successfully achieving cum laude for both, actively portraying her keen passion for the PR industry.
Often described by others as a social butterfly and travel enthusiast, Lee is a true people’s person who thrives as the newest member of Nicky Arthur PR. Her love of travel and all things exotic, not to mention the energetic environment in which she works, is what continues to motivate and inspire her on a daily basis.
When Lee is not at work or in the office, she can be found spending quality time with friends and family, shopping, going to the movies, or taking long relaxing strolls on the beach or in the park. She also thoroughly enjoys keeping fit in the gym, living a healthy lifestyle, and planning her next travel adventure.
Angelique Hawes - PR Coordinator
Originating from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Angelique has recently relocated to Johannesburg.
After high school, Angelique worked as a dance instructor and travelled the USA as an au pair, before coming back to complete her Diploma in Journalism in SA. Graduating in 2014, she then went on to work as a copywriter, while interning, and then as a photojournalist for Ford Motor Company South Africa, as well as Continental Tyres. In 2015 she returned to the USA to work for a while, before moving to Johannesburg.
Her career highlights include travelling to Namibia for Ford Ranger Odyssey as a content creator and photographer, and having a feature published in Leisure Wheels Magazine in 2015, which chronicled her Ford Ranger Odyssey experience.
Angelique has a passion for people, a love for travel, and enjoys both yoga and dancing in her spare time. When she is not working, you'll find her with family and friends, reading, or hunting for bargains at various thrift stores.
Julia Freemantle - Content Producer
Julia began her career in journalism as a copy editor at Condé Nast House & Garden. Learning from some of the best in the publishing business and working on a superlative product set the standards high from the outset and instilled in her what will be a lifelong passion for lifestyle content creation.
After a few years learning the ropes, and working as a variety of glossy magazines, she returned to Condé Nast House & Garden to try her hand as features editor, the transition from editing to writing a huge departure in terms of direction, but one that she jumped at. Four years in this position honed her skills and broadened her experience – shooting, compiling, and styling stories were added to her repertoire as a result of working for a small team.
Starting in 2015 as Deputy Editor at Real Estate, she’s moved into a more managerial role, and oversees a small but passionate team working once again in luxury publishing, her comfort zone.
Over her career she’s experienced some of SA’s most beautiful lifestyle and hospitality properties, ultra-luxurious spas and cars and dined at the best restaurants in the country, interviewed leaders in their fields, from designers, to artists and chefs, and written about everything from wellness, to hospitality and architecture.
She’s recently moved back to Joburg, where she was raised, after 16 years in Cape Town and is loving its vibrance and constant activity. In her downtime, she dabbles in photography, visits exhibitions and enjoys good wine. A décor, art and nature lover, and a slave to her senses, she’s happiest in beautiful spaces with lots of soul and sunshine.