About Me

My enjoyment in what I do has been demonstrated over a period of 25 years throughout my career as a board level Personal Assistant, supporting many demanding professionals in varying industries including the Railway and Retail.

I want to improve the efficiency of my clients, anticipate the unexpected, making their life easier.

Having said that, I tend to be the same at home – unable to sit down until tasks are complete.  Owning your own business with 3 school aged children isn’t conducive to a lifetime of relaxation for sure! But being busy is what I enjoy.

My PA career has afforded me this opportunity to support Business Owners remotely and be there for my children.

Take a look at my profile on LinkedIn and say hello.

My enjoyment in what I do has been demonstrated over a period of 25 years throughout my career as a board level Personal Assistant, supporting many demanding professionals in varying industries including the Railway and Retail.

I want to improve the efficiency of my clients, anticipate the unexpected, making their life easier.

Having said that, I tend to be the same at home – unable to sit down until tasks are complete.  Owning your own business with 3 school aged children isn’t conducive to a lifetime of relaxation for sure! But being busy is what I enjoy.

My PA career has afforded me this opportunity to support Business Owners remotely and be there for my children.

Take a look at my profile on LinkedIn and say hello.

Where do I live?

I have lived in Milton Keynes for 39 years; I’m married with 3 young children.  There has been huge business and residential growth here, and Milton Keynes has long been considered an overspill of London, with many Corporate Head Offices putting down roots.  It’s a great place to raise children and own a business!

How long have I been a Personal Assistant?

I started my career as a Secretary in a high street bank aged 16, until I literally stumbled on a new career as a PA in the Rail Industry.

By the age of 23 I was promoted and working in London as a PA to the Managing Director of a Rail Leasing company, which I continued for several years, commuting daily from Milton Keynes.  I scheduled extensive global and UK Board members itineraries, liaised with political PR companies, organised (and attended) corporate hospitality events and joined many project management teams, for business disaster recovery to name one of many.

I have several further years’ experience as PA to the Supply Chain Director of Homebase and subsequently Argos tucked under my belt.

Check out my career background via LinkedIn and feel free to send a connection request.

I love to hear from people I can help, and professionals that can support my own business growth and continued development.

Do I have a favourite service?

Because I enjoy saving a client time, the initial client ‘how I can help’ chat is great.  I enjoy hearing about their business and the passion, (sometimes exasperation!) in their voices.

Often there is an instant realisation that I can help.  I talk them through how I work, what systems I use, and vice versa.  It’s important to see if we would be a good fit in terms of our style and aspirations.  When this happens, it’s a wonderful feeling.

I also enjoy digital transcription.  I find audio fascinating to listen to.  I have transcribed grievance hearings, court reports, buildings inspection reports to name a few.

Why do I like transcription so much?

 

“The goal is not simply to “work hard, play hard.” The goal is to make our work and our play indistinguishable”

Simon Sinek

Do you work on your own business?

Yes, I work on my own business due diligence, all the time.

I also draw on the professional support of Luan Wise who has supported me with strategic marketing advice.  With her direction and expertise, I have created a range of services that best meet the needs of my customers.

As a business owner myself, I have learned so much from Joanne Munro, who is an inspiration and support for thousands of Virtual Assistants globally, with start-up advice and ongoing training.

Grab a coffee and read My interview with Jo Munro – The VA Handbook which talks about how I set up my own business after being made redundant on maternity leave, and how it wasn’t all plain sailing – I understand how hard business start-up can be without good support.

I’m always reading blogs, listening to LinkedIn tutorials, and recently worked tirelessly to recognise data protection (GDPR) in my own business.

I work long hours, often in the night – because I have clients, children and a business I enjoy so much.

Some of The Tools I Use

Asana, Adobe Pro DC, Buffer, Canva, Dropbox, Evernote, Gmail Calendar, Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneDrive), Hootsuite

LastPass, Linkedin, Outlook, RecurPost, Twitter, Facebook, Lumen5, SurveyMonkey, Todoist, Trello.