• 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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    Jade Burke

    Jade Burke, Editor for PA Life

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