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Manchester PA Awards 2023 winners announced


The Manchester PA Awards, headline sponsored by AO Arena returned with a bang to The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, on November 2nd.

The awards hosted by television presenter and personality Josh Denzel, were organised by the Manchester PA Network and event partner Square Fish Events with the event recognising the outstanding EAs, PAs and Support Professionals for their passion and commitment to their roles.

Over 500 guests were there to celebrate the incredible achievements of the winners. The categories included the Make a Difference Award, sponsored by KPMG and won by Chloe Smithers from Arbuthnot Latham, as the National PA Award sponsored by Manchester City and won by Emma Kernan-Staines from The Football Association.

The winners for Manchester PA Awards 2023 are

Team of the Year sponsored by The Midland Hotel – PwC OnDemand Team

Rising Star Award sponsored by Corporate Traveller – Molly Maxfield (Citation)

National PA Award sponsored by Manchester City FC – Emma Kernan-Staines (The Football Association)

Make a Difference Award sponsored by KPMG – Chloe Smithers (Arbuthnot Latham)

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Intrinsic Resourcing – Martine Tempest Mitchell (Timpson Group)

Leader of the Year Award sponsored by Piccolino Restaurants – Catherine Hunt (PwC LLP)

Excellence Award sponsored by AO Arena – James Ball (Credera UK)

Brand Ambassador Award sponsored by Stock Exchange Hotel – Nicola Burt (Citation)

Best Event Award sponsored by Square Fish Events – Emily O’Hara (Inicio)

Special Recognition Award – Joanne Wilson (Hall Brown)

Manchester PA of the Year – Karen McKay (Flowtech Fluidpower PLC)

Great support for The Christie charity

The event also raised nearly £14,000 which is set to be donated to a vital research project taking place at The Christie, which will help young women with breast cancer, with the aim of leading to a national breast cancer risk assessment programme, where women identified will be offered early screening and preventive therapies.

The Manchester PA Network has committed to increasing their current fundraising to a massive £250,000 by the end of the next awards ceremony.

Co-founder Melanie Sheehy said “We are so proud of all we have achieved with our fundraising and we have so much more to give to this amazing charity. We want to raise as much money as we possibly can across the next year to hit our new target, and with the help of our amazing members we know anything is possible”.

Amanda Hargraves, co-founder of the Manchester PA Network said: “We are delighted to have been able to bring the Manchester PA Awards back this year with an incredible glitzy theme. Bringing PAs, EAs and Support Professionals together from across the region is incredibly important whilst also recognising the amazing work they do within their industry.”

Anna McIntosh, Corporate Fundraising Development Manager from The Christie Charity said “Thank you so much to everyone involved with the Manchester PA Network for their fundraising over the years and on Thursday evening.

“Every year ticket and raffle sales have been donated to The Christie Charity as well as lots of PA’s taking on some very exciting fundraising challenges. Thanks to monies raised by the Manchester PA Network we’ve been able to fund projects, equipment, services and improvements to give cancer patients and their families the very best care, treatment and support possible. Without help from organisations like Manchester PA Network The Christie simply couldn’t do the lifesaving and life-changing work that it does every day.”

Sponsors of the Manchester PA Awards 2023 include

Sponsors included AO Arena, Stock Exchange Hotel, Square Fish Events, Manchester City, Corporate Traveller, Karen Millen, Piccolino Restaurants and KPMG.

ME comms were PR & social media partners of the event.

For more information please visit Manchester PA Network’s website.


It’s time to celebrate PA Life’s own PA Awards on November 13th when the PA Life Star Awards 2023 are presented at our Christmas party.