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    Birmingham PA Awards reveals its 25 finalists

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    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


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