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Interview with Emma Bason, Director of Meetings & Events UK, Amex GBT

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 How is the meetings & events industry awakening? We sat down with Emma Bason, Director of Meetings & Events UK at American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) to talk about getting back to business and what’s unique about her company. As a Meetings and Events professional, what do you enjoy most about working in […]

PA Profile: Anita Payne, Assistant at Schroders

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Our recent PA Profile interview is with Anita Payne, Assistant at Pan European Equities at Schroders. She shares her top tips and insights from her role, and discusses the rapidly changing workplace, plus the need to look after the wellbeing of you and your team. What was your journey like into your career as a […]

PA Profile: Ashley Archer, Personal Assistant at Standard Chartered

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We asked Ashley Archer, Personal Assistant to a Finance Director at Standard Chartered, about her career journey, the challenges, highlights and why she loves her PA role 14 years in. “My name is Ashley, I’m from Essex and have worked as a PA in London for approximately 14 years. I’m a regular gym goer and […]

INTERVIEW: How Rachel Tonge is connecting communities at American Express Global Business Travel (GBT)

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We sat down with Rachel Tonge, UK Vice President & General Manager at American Express Global Business Travel (GBT), to talk about her role and the company’s ambitions for 2022… How did you first get into the world of business travel? Business travel really found me. I was keen for a career change, having worked […]

5 MINUTES WITH: Nick Tipper on the secrets of Butlin’s conferences & events success

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Following huge investment, 2022 is shaping up to be a busy year at Butlin’s, so we sat down with Nick Tipper (pictured), its Head of Conferences and Events, to find out more… What does Butlin’s recent conferences & events relaunch mean for your clients in 2022?  Butlin’s has always been about bringing people together. Our […]

Q&A: Lime Venue Portfolio’s Kerry Wright on how to make your meetings more sustainable

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We sat down with Kerry Wright, Head of Group Sales at Lime Venue Portfolio, to discover how the company’s Meetings for Change initiative can help take away your eco-anxieties… Tell us about Lime Venue Portfolio and why you’ve undertaken the Meetings for Change initiative. Lime Venue Portfolio is the UK’s largest collection of diverse venues, […]

Work & Life with Stacey McEwan

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Stacey McEwan (pictured, right) works as an Executive Assistant at a London-based consumer goods company. She tells PA Life about navigating the pandemic as an Assistant, the biggest challenges she’s faced and slipping back into high heels… How did you get your current job? I was temping and was contacted about a two-week placement. 14 […]

PA PROFILE: Endava’s Orlaith O’Brien tells her pandemic story

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Eighteen months ago no-one could have foreseen the profound changes a global pandemic would inflict on our working and home lives. Orlaith O’Brien, EA to five executives at tech giant Endava, recounts how she has adapted… Tell us about your role. I work for a company called Endava, an information technology and services provider. My […]

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. […]