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    VIDEO: Interview with Sarah Damani – Executive Hub Manager, Alchemy Virtual Assistance

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    Sarah Damani runs a successful Alchemy Virtual Assistance (VA) Hub where she supports multiple business owners with their PA, marketing and administration under the trusted and award-winning Alchemy brand. She became an Alchemy VA Hub Manager in December 2019 – three months before COVID hit – and rose above the challenges of the pandemic to […]

    VIDEO: Interview with Niamh Smithers Senior Executive Assistant at ESW

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    Editor of PA Life Hayley Somerscales spoke with Niamh Smithers, Senior Executive Assistant at ESW and PA Life Star Award finalist for PA of the Year 2020… During the interview Niamh shares how she became an Executive Assistant, her current responsibilities, personal development, having dyslexia in the workplace and her advice to others with dyslexia. […]

    5 minutes with IQ-EQ’s Caroline Bagshaw on becoming Group Chief People Officer

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    IQ-EQ recently announced the appointment of Caroline Bagshaw as its new Group Chief People Officer. Caroline’s HR career to date spans more than 26 years and a diverse range of industry sectors, including technology, pharma and financial services. She has 18 years’ experience in regional and global HR leadership roles, and PA Life spoke with […]

    Sarah-Jane Heath on ‘Taking That’ PA Profession Online

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    Take That’s former management assistant talks of how life after working for the band has inspired her to help a new generation of Virtual Assistants. Sarah-Jane Heath (known in the business as SJ) spent many years at the top of her profession, travelling the Globe with one of the UK’s most successful boybands, Take That, […]

    How the role of an EA has changed due to the pandemic

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    How has the pandemic and lockdown changed the role of an EA? PA Life spoke to Orlaith O’Brien, EA at Endava… How did you get your current position? I was contacted by a lady in the recruitment department via LinkedIn. (In fact my previous position was via LinkedIn also!) I wasn’t actively looking at the […]

    Interview: PA Life Club Member of the Year 2020 Finalist: Karen Crowley, Baily Garner

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    Karen is the PA to Andy Tookey, the Managing Partner of Baily Garner, a construction consultancy covering a majority of the UK with offices in both Eltham and Birmingham. PA Life spoke with Karen about how she secured her current position and her thoughts on PA Life Club… How did you get your current job? […]

    Q&A with Romy Ashmore, Multi-Tasker of the Year 2020

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    At the PA Life Star Awards, Romy Ashmore was awarded Multi-Tasker of the Year 2020. Romy is an Executive Assistant at RM Results and in March 2019 was offered the opportunity to undertake training to become a mental health and well-being champion. PA Life spoke with Romy to find out more about her experience and how she felt […]

    Q&A with Jade Fearon, Rising Star 2020

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    At the PA Life Star Awards, Jade Fearon was awarded Rising Star 2020. Jade is a Personal Assistant at DWF and adapted well into working from home. During lockdown she seamlessly transitioned into working for a new team, and remained a positive voice for other support staff during a very uncertain period. PA Life spoke […]

    Q&A with Kirsi Swinton, PA of the Year 2020

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    At the PA Life Star Awards, Kirsi Swinton was awarded PA of the Year 2020. Kirsi is an Executive Assistant and Assistants Network Lead at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In 2020 Kirsi published her first article Who Decides the Value of an Assistant, followed shortly by a second article ‘The Problem with Politeness: Why straight-talking as […]

    Q&A with Natalie Reeves, VA of the Year 2020

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    Natalie Reeves was awarded VA of the Year 2020 at the PA Life Christmas Party incorporating the Star Awards. Natalie is a Virtual Assistant who has managed to grow her business NJR Virtual PA during the pandemic. Natalie has done this whilst juggling a 4-year-old starting school and a 1-year-old who is with her full […]