Job Title: Executive Assistant to the Director of Income Generation
Why did you decide to be a part of the 2019 London PA Awards?
I've always supported the London PA Awards and have been fortunate enough to be nominated in the past.
I think any opportunity for me to be able to be involved in raising the profile of the amazing work that assistants do day in day out and to recognise those who have gone above and beyond is an opportunity that I couldn't pass on. I feel honoured to be a champion and can't wait to get started.
Which attributes do you feel make PA’s so fundamental in 2019?
I think we all know that the role of the PA has changed. More and more assistants are stepping up and becoming a vital member of the management team. No longer are assistants just expected to manage diaries and carry out admin tasks.
Today's PA's are leading on projects, running high profile events, managing teams of their own and being recognised as the linchpin of an organisation.
Quite simply, PA's are the go to people and there isn't anything an assistant can't do! Organisations simply wouldn't run as smoothly without the hard work of today's assistants.
Which skills do PA’s need, now more than ever?
PA's need to be in the know, they need to understand the organisations strategy, where they are and where they want to be. PA's should be tech savvy and be on the front line of changes to the way the modern office works.
Business acumen & emotional intelligence are skills that the PA of today needs to have in order to be the best support they can to their executives.
Every PA should be prepared to develop and learn new skills, no PA knows everything, there is a world of skills out there available and we need to be taking advantage of that.
If you could change or further support the PA community in any way, what would you do?
I suppose my main message has always been the importance of personal development, so if I could do anything it would be helping PA's to understand where resources are available and why they should take personal development seriously.
I also would love to be able to change the misconceptions of what it is to be an assistant and change the stereotypes associated with the role.
What is your proudest career moment so far?
There have been a few. Winning my awards has obviously been a highlight, to be recognised for the work I have done was a great honour.
I also feel proud whenever I am invited along to an event to speak. To have the opportunity to speak to a room full of assistants on subjects such as personal development, personal branding, diversity and inclusion has been amazing.
To have that opportunity to share knowledge with others and talk about things I feel passionately about is probably the most rewarding thing I have ever done.
What is your personal goal for 2019?
I've been working hard on getting the first LGBTQ+ network set up in my organisation and this is something that I will be looking to have running in its entirety by the end of 2019.
As I've said many times in the past diversity and inclusion are very important to me and something I feel very passionately about.
Outside of this I am also studying for my project management qualifications and will be studying for my governance qualification later in the year.