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PA LIFE CLUB MENTORING PROGRAMME – MEET THE MENTORS

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One-to-one, and totally free learning from an experienced peer is a golden opportunity for our members to advance their skills and gain confidence. We welcome any member to apply to be a mentee. Ideal for those relatively new to the Assistant or Office Manager role who are looking for career or task specific advice from someone who’s climbed the ladder. Mentoring helps with goal setting, to identify strengths, and develop skills, confidence and personal growth.

THE PA MENTORING PROGRAMME IS ONGOING – YOU CAN TAKE PART AT ANY TIME

The Mentoring Programme has attracted a great number of applications and we have successfully matched several Mentor and Mentee pairs already. The programme is ongoing, and members can apply at any time to become either a Mentor or a Mentee.

Our Mentors are experienced Senior PAs and EAs, all have at least 10 years of experience within a PA/EA role, averaging for 20 years or more. We consider their industry background, experience as well as areas of expertise when putting forward a suitable Mentee to them. We then agree the suitability based on the Mentee’s skills, expectations, wishes and experience before finalising each match. No written reports are expected, just one-to-one meetings (can be video calls too) roughly every 3-4 weeks.

MEET OUR MENTORS

Amanda Redfern – Newline Group, EA to the CEO. Used to liaising with stakeholders and representing her executives on an internal and external level, she is highly efficient, warm, approachable and articulate.

Helena Jackson – Business Support Supervisor at WTW – skilled at creating opportunities for administrators to further add value to the business. Special interest, and considerable experience, in large event and project management.

Helen Leila Haslam – VA with over 20 years as a PA. Here to support others, especially those new to the PA role to achieve their goals and dreams, to connect with your CEO and cope under pressure. Helen currently mentors two Club members.

Natalie Richardson – EA at London South Bank University. Focus on skills development for new recruits. Broad industry experience from health, IT, finance and education. Expert in taking minutes.

Vivienne Morgan – EA at Barclaycard Payments. Experienced Mentor to new to role PAs within her wider team, and volunteers in helping young people into work and further education.

Shanaya Antonio-Vanterpool – PA at London South Bank University. Experience from Law firms, Corporates and Academia, as well as event organising. Has mentored young people in the past.

Hannah Houston-Banks – EA to CEO of Associated British Foods. Strong at helping others to identify professional and personal goals, instil confidence and encourage them to aim high to achieve their career aspirations.

Mary George – EA to two C-suit Execs at BA. Looking forward to sharing her experience on managing requests on behalf of your manager including facilitating meetings, handling expectations and unexpected issues that arise.

Rashmi Patel – EA at Trispan. Rashmi is responsible for reception, office management, events, IT, assisting with HR and Finance, and serving as EA to the Co-Founder and five partners, including the CFO and COO. An experienced all rounder and motivated to help and inspire others.

Natalie Richardson – EA at London South Bank University. Will offer advice in most of daily tasks required of an PA and help you build resilience along with core skills. Great in minute taking, often asked to share her expertise.

Tracey Merrifield – EA at Barratt plc. Extensive experience from education and local authority administration.  Strong skills in project management and in minute taking.

Dee Otang – EA at Aggreko. I love sharing knowledge, and vice versa, I think both parties have a lot to give and to offer. It would be fantastic to guide and motivate a peer, whilst enhancing leadership skills, something I’m keen to continually build.

Hazel Bates – EA at Whirledge & Nott. Has been a senior EA and marketing assistant for over 35 years. Worked in investment banking supporting board directors; entrepreneurs in start-up companies; two headteachers . Great event and tech knowledge.

We also featured our mentors in our summer issue’s digital version here

We’d love to hear form more PA Life Club members interested in taking par as either a mentor or a mentee – please email editorial@palife.co.uk with a subject: ‘Mentoring’  to find out more or to apply.