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      2018 North West PA of the Year Awards highlights outstanding industry members

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      Assistants from the North-West region of the UK were all recognised for their efforts in the industry last week, as PAs, EAs and VAs gathered together at a black-tie awards dinner gala.

      Held inside the Manchester Cathedral, the ceremony was hosted in partnership with KPMG, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Pitman Training and Taylor Lynn Corporation Limited.

      Now in its fifth year, the evening raised funds for local mental health charity Minds thanks to a raffle, where prizes included afternoon tea, a hotel stay and much more, while North-West native Sally Lindsay hosted the night.

      PA Life’s editor Jade Burke got the opportunity to present two awards on the evening, including virtual assistant of the year – agency and virtual assistant of the year – in-house.

      She said: “It was fantastic to support this event in the North-West region of the UK. The evening gave PAs, EAs and VAs the opportunity to showcase their skills and why assistants deserve recognition for all they do within their ever-changing roles.

      “Assistants are the backbone to many companies and often forgotten about when it comes to recognising team members, making these award ceremonies even more imperative in the industry.”

      Lucy Bisset, director of Robert Walters Manchester, added: “We are immensely proud of another successful year for the North West PA of the Year Awards. Often the unsung heroes of a team, this annual ceremony is welcome chance to celebrate the positive impact support staff have on both their respective company and the wider business community.

      “We saw an exceptional number of high quality submissions this year and it has been hugely encouraging to see the passion and commitment come from the local professional community. A big well done to all of the shortlisted nominees and winners.”

      NWPA awards

      Gareth Roberts-Tighe from TalkTalk Business & PA Life’s editor Jade Burke

      2018’s winners were:

      Rising star
      Lawrence Adlum, KPMG

      Financial services PA of the year – UK firm
      Alexa Martinez, St James’ Place Wealth Management

      Financial services PA of the year – international firm
      Angela Duggan, Santander

      Legal PA of the year – UK firm
      Leah Taylor, Clarke Wilmott LLP

      Legal PA of the year – international firm
      Katie Homer, DWF

      Not-for-profit PA of the year – Greater Manchester
      Angela Downey, Manchester Metropolitan University

      Not-for-profit PA of the year – Merseyside
      Sandra Wainwright, Merseyside Fire Service

      Media PA of the year
      Sarah Muench, Sky

      Property PA of the year
      Andrea Rothwell, GVA

      Manufacturing & engineering PA of the year
      Rosie Thompson, AstraZeneca

      Technology & digital PA of the year
      Danielle Jennings, IRIS Software

      Virtual assistant of the year – agency
      Joanne Hawkins, Executive VPA

      Virtual assistant of the year – in-house
      Gareth Roberts-Tighe, TalkTalk Business

      Private PA of the year
      Lydia McKay, Pretty Little Thing

      PA team of the year – UK firm
      Hall Brown Family Law

      PA team of the year – international firm
      Chiesi Ltd

      Manager of the year
      Joanne Wilson, Hall Brown Family Law

      Board level PA of the year – Greater Manchester
      Hannah Batty, Whispering Smith Ltd

      Board level PA of the year – North West
      Farzana Khan, EG Group

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