Why did you decide to be a part of the 2019 London PA Awards?
I’m so pleased that I was asked to be a Champion for the Above and Beyond category at the London PA Awards 2019, it’s something that I’ve not done before and I believe that everyone should try something new as often as they can and always be open to any opportunities that come your way.
The only way to progress in your personal and professional life is to constantly step outside of your comfort zone.
Which attributes do you feel make PA’s so fundamental in 2019?
The PA in 2019 still retains some of the traditional functions but I feel that as we move forward in this digital age we have a lot to offer as we see the business from a different perspective.
We are definitely more in touch with technology than many of our peers as we constantly try to evolve how we undertake our duties and perform them to higher standards under pressure and in less time than we have ever had before.
We are privy to information from both sides of the hierarchical divide and are able to give a more rounded view than senior employees who don’t have our insight.
Which skills do PA’s need, now more than ever?
To keep up to date with technological changes and to expand our duties to involve more strategic practices. We should be looking at the workplace as a whole and driving improvements in productivity through the use of technology and identifying how it effects workforce transformation.
As millennials enter the workplace we’ll see how they maximise software to the full but we should all make the most of what we have and push it to the limit.
If technology is not your thing remember that creativity can trump it and as PA’s I think that’s something we have in spades.
If you could change or further support the PA community in any way, what would you do?
I’m enjoying supporting the PA community by taking part in networking events and becoming a champion for the London PA Awards 2019.
If I could change it at all it would be to encourage us to get out networking more often.
We undertake this role which was in the past and can, sometimes, still be seen as subservient but we actually have a lot to offer the world of business and we need to realise that our opinions matter and that we need to be heard.
What is your proudest career moment so far?
The proudest moment in my career has to be when I won the Above and Beyond Award in 2017.
The initial nomination came as a complete surprise to me but I enjoyed the whole process from submitting my personal statement to meeting so many like-minded individuals in the run up to the event.
What is your personal goal for 2019?
Personally for me, this year is about reaching the target I set myself of running 5km in 30 minutes.
I started taking part in the Park Run in January last year at 42 minutes and have managed to whittle, albeit slowly, 8 minutes off that time.
From sitting on the sofa I’ve suddenly found myself running five times a week and enjoying it – it really gets the stress of the day out of your system!