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A for­mal din­ner here, a launch there – that is Lizzie Leuchars’ world.

The cor­po­rate events man­ager at Skycity is the per­fectly groomed mas­ter­mind be­hind many a soiree.

Even vis­it­ing roy­als don’t ruf­fle her feath­ers.

Last week, months of plan­ning came to fruition when Zara Phillips vis­ited as pa­tron of The Cat­Walk Spinal Cord In­jury Trust.

One of the of the high­lights of her ca­reer to date was work­ing on Prince Charles and Camilla’s visit.

‘‘I wasn’t sure what to ex­pect, but I found them to be the most charm­ing, warm and thought­ful peo­ple,’’ she says.

‘‘I even re­ceived a Christ­mas card from the Duchess’ lady in wait­ing fol­low­ing their visit.’’

Leuchars says the role fits her like a glove.

‘‘There is no daily grind for me. The only daily grind would be whether I am hav­ing my cof­fee from Gusto or from De­pot.

‘‘I don’t care if I am here on a Satur­day or Sun­day, I don’t care if I am here to mid­night – I just love it.’’ A week­end off is a rar­ity. ‘‘I can’t think when I re­ally had noth­ing to do here,’’ she says.

‘‘Whether I can stay away is re­ally the ques­tion.’’

Leuchars com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Arts at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity and worked for a kitchen de­sign busi­ness be­fore set­ting that aside to have chil­dren.

When she came back into the work­force she started in an events role with two dif­fer­ent re­tire­ment vil­lages be­fore tak­ing up a job at the North­ern Club.

She then worked for CPA Aus­tralia, one of the world’s largest ac­count­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions.

She says those jobs left her with an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for de­tails and fi­nesse, es­pe­cially at the eleventh hour when ev­ery­thing largely comes to­gether. ‘‘The key is to be Johnny-on-the-spot,’’ Leuchars says.

But it is the raft of staff be­hind the scenes who make the tai­lored events a suc­cess.

‘‘It’s not me by my­self, it is we.’’

The route from Gusto, to the Grill and then up the Sky Tower to The Sugar Club is bro­ken up with quick hel­los and waves at ev­ery door.

And when Leuchars comes back down and walks across the gift shop floor she greets the woman be­hind the counter by name.

‘‘Most peo­ple would see it as a glam­our job but they don’t see the hard yards put in,’’ she says.

‘‘I can push the fur­ni­ture around just like any­one else, although I don’t mind when some­one of­fers to do it for me.’’

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