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Birmingham PA Awards reveals its 25 finalists

Birmingham’s first ever PA Awards has announced its line-up of finalists, which includes PAs, EAs and VAs.

Made up of 25 individuals from some of the region’s most prominent professionals services organisations, as well as retailers, leading charities and self-employed VAs, the winners of the inaugural awards will be unveiled by the Birmingham PA Forum during a ceremony taking place on July 20 at The Vox, Resorts World, NEC Birmingham.

“Birmingham has a huge pool of talented personal, executive and virtual assistants who often remain the unsung heroes of business. When we first set up the Birmingham PA Forum, we knew that we wanted to host our own awards ceremony to shine a light on the bustling sector within which they work. If cities like Manchester, London and Glasgow can recognise their successes, then Birmingham should too,” said Daniel Skermer, founder of the Birmingham PA Forum and Awards.

“The awards committee was overwhelmed with the number of entries that were received throughout the application process. The sifting process to determine our finalists was challenging – testament to the calibre of our nominees – and our judges now have some tough decisions to make as to who to crown winners on the evening.”

The finalists in the five award categories are:

Motivation – Team Player of the Year
Jayne Forgham – PwC
Wynsum Matheson – Freeths LLP
Cathy Withington – Fieldfisher
Amanda McLanaghan – Fieldfisher
Julie Costello – PwC

Inspiration – Lead by Example
Poonam Patel – Selfridges
Skevi Constantinou – KPMG UK
Kate Palmer – Paragon
Hannah Smith – Designated PA
Jackie Kelly – Cure Leukaemia

Aspiration – Newcomer of the Year
Hannah Cowell – JW Hinks
Berni Bromwich – Pinsent Masons
Chesca Simmons – Galliford Try plc
Lisa Murray – PwC
Kirsty Smart – PwC

Innovation – Innovator of the Year
Kirstie Barr LDC
Caroline Millichamp Mini U Services
Chelsea Guerin Trowers & Hamlins
Helen Grice Virtual Assistant Tanit Virtual
Paula Holland PwC

Celebration – Greater Birmingham’s PA of the Year
Wendy Moyle – Tarmac
Fay Gleeson – SCC
Georgina Duffy – RSM UK
Elaine Maher – Willmott Dixon
Nicki Lawton – Arup